RESIGNATION, END OF TALKS CLOUD FARMER JACK SALE

DETROIT -- An uncertain future for Farmer Jack here appeared even more cloudy after talks to sell to the chain unraveled and its president resigned.The events were related only to the extent that each indicated an end was near for the 78-year-old chain -- but perhaps not the one its owner, A&P, had hoped for. Mike Carter, Farmer Jack's president, told a Michigan newspaper he was to resign last Friday,

DETROIT -- An uncertain future for Farmer Jack here appeared even more cloudy after talks to sell to the chain unraveled and its president resigned.

The events were related only to the extent that each indicated an end was near for the 78-year-old chain -- but perhaps not the one its owner, A&P, had hoped for. Mike Carter, Farmer Jack's president, told a Michigan newspaper he was to resign last Friday, adding that he announced his intentions to Montvale, N.J.-based A&P earlier

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