NW PASSAGE: INDEPENDENTS SEEK TO SURVIVE

PORTLAND, Ore. (FNS) -- Supermarket industry consolidation in the Pacific Northwest has turned "business as usual" into "survival of the fittest" for the region's independent operators.A 1996 study of more than 1,000 retail food companies in Oregon, Washington, Idaho and portions of Montana found the region to have the highest concentration of independently owned stores -- about 40% -- compared with

PORTLAND, Ore. (FNS) -- Supermarket industry consolidation in the Pacific Northwest has turned "business as usual" into "survival of the fittest" for the region's independent operators.

A 1996 study of more than 1,000 retail food companies in Oregon, Washington, Idaho and portions of Montana found the region to have the highest concentration of independently owned stores -- about 40% -- compared with the national average of 25%.

But that figure is declining, said local observe

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