MID-LEVEL RETAILERS FADE OUT: A SEQUEL

Last week's column occasioned quite a bit of comment with the observation that mid-level retailers such as Grand Union, Jitney Jungle and others without much of a point of distinction against their competitors were on their way out.Regrettably, as you'll see on Page 1 of this week's issue, that was all too prescient: Big V Supermarkets, the ShopRite operator based in upstate New York, has filed for

Last week's column occasioned quite a bit of comment with the observation that mid-level retailers such as Grand Union, Jitney Jungle and others without much of a point of distinction against their competitors were on their way out.

Regrettably, as you'll see on Page 1 of this week's issue, that was all too prescient: Big V Supermarkets, the ShopRite operator based in upstate New York, has filed for bankruptcy reorganization, has slated seven of its 39 stores for closure and -- this i

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