PENN TRAFFIC EXECUTIVE DIXON SET TO RETIRE

SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- Penn Traffic Co. here said John T. Dixon, 56, will retire as president and chief executive officer for personal and health reasons on Sept. 30.Gary D. Hirsch, chairman, will assume Dixon's responsibilities while the company conducts "a careful and exhaustive search" for a permanent successor -- a process observers expect to take three to six months.The change appears to come at a

SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- Penn Traffic Co. here said John T. Dixon, 56, will retire as president and chief executive officer for personal and health reasons on Sept. 30.

Gary D. Hirsch, chairman, will assume Dixon's responsibilities while the company conducts "a careful and exhaustive search" for a permanent successor -- a process observers expect to take three to six months.

The change appears to come at a challenging time for the company, which in recent periods has attempted to tur

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