PRESERVING EAGLE

MILAN, Ill. -- Eagle Food Centers here has learned a lesson about cutting expenses too fast and is going back to basics as it tries to stem a four-year-long sales decline.For Pat Petitti, 64, president and chief executive officer, who returned to the chain in April after a two-year retirement, getting Eagle back on track is simply a matter of executing the fundamentals better than everyone else and

MILAN, Ill. -- Eagle Food Centers here has learned a lesson about cutting expenses too fast and is going back to basics as it tries to stem a four-year-long sales decline.

For Pat Petitti, 64, president and chief executive officer, who returned to the chain in April after a two-year retirement, getting Eagle back on track is simply a matter of executing the fundamentals better than everyone else and making bigger investments in the stores. The 102-unit chain already has taken a number

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