NOURISHING INDEPENDENTS

Independent supermarket operators face increasingly formidable competition from many directions, but especially from supercenters and the newly consolidated megachains. But to Mark S. Hansen, Fleming's chairman and chief executive officer, there's still ample room in the competitive landscape for independents to flourish. ant so we don't get outclassed.But that's an industrywide problem."But is Hansen

Independent supermarket operators face increasingly formidable competition from many directions, but especially from supercenters and the newly consolidated megachains. But to Mark S. Hansen, Fleming's chairman and chief executive officer, there's still ample room in the competitive landscape for independents to flourish.

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