ON THE MARK

The drumbeat off in the distance may indeed be the consolidation march, but as long as Pathmark walks alone, John Standley intends to walk tall.As the chain marks its first year since Yucaipa Cos. became its lead investor, and Standley its chief executive officer, industry speculation over Pathmark's next conquest has occasionally overshadowed its current challenges. Standley won't comment on rumors

The drumbeat off in the distance may indeed be the consolidation march, but as long as Pathmark walks alone, John Standley intends to walk tall.

As the chain marks its first year since Yucaipa Cos. became its lead investor, and Standley its chief executive officer, industry speculation over Pathmark's next conquest has occasionally overshadowed its current challenges. Standley won't comment on rumors but is candid about the tricky turnaround effort that's just beginning under his lead

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