NEW CUSTOMERS DRIVE AFS' SALES GAINS

SALT LAKE CITY (FNS) -- Being prepared for what turned out to be a "window of opportunity" from the closing of Fleming's Salt Lake City division last summer helped Associated Food Stores here achieve a 17% gain in consolidated sales for fiscal 2004."The windfall was accomplished because we were prepared," Rich Parkinson, president, said at the wholesaling cooperative's annual meeting here this month.With

SALT LAKE CITY (FNS) -- Being prepared for what turned out to be a "window of opportunity" from the closing of Fleming's Salt Lake City division last summer helped Associated Food Stores here achieve a 17% gain in consolidated sales for fiscal 2004.

"The windfall was accomplished because we were prepared," Rich Parkinson, president, said at the wholesaling cooperative's annual meeting here this month.

With the addition of about 25 former Fleming-supplied stores, Associated ser

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