SN ASKS: DOMINICK'S CHANGING FACE

CHICAGO -- Randall Onstead Jr. returned to the supermarket business last year as president of Dominick's Finer Foods. Parent company Safeway, Pleasanton, Calif., which acquired Dominick's in 1998, gave Onstead a tall order: Restore the chain's profitability, entice disappointed customers to return and help smooth troubled labor relations. Today, there are signs of progress on all fronts. Onstead,

CHICAGO -- Randall Onstead Jr. returned to the supermarket business last year as president of Dominick's Finer Foods. Parent company Safeway, Pleasanton, Calif., which acquired Dominick's in 1998, gave Onstead a tall order: Restore the chain's profitability, entice disappointed customers to return and help smooth troubled labor relations. Today, there are signs of progress on all fronts. Onstead, former chairman and chief executive officer of Randalls Food Markets, Houston, also purchased by

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