SPARTAN CEO REPORTS 'SIGNIFICANT PROGRESS'

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. -- Calling fiscal 2004 a year of "significant and steady progress," Craig Sturken highlighted Spartan Stores' improved outlook 18 months into a turnaround strategy he began when he was named chief executive officer of the distributor-retailer in March 2003.Speaking at the company's annual meeting here, Sturken, who also is chairman of the company, noted efforts to shore up Spartan's

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. -- Calling fiscal 2004 a year of "significant and steady progress," Craig Sturken highlighted Spartan Stores' improved outlook 18 months into a turnaround strategy he began when he was named chief executive officer of the distributor-retailer in March 2003.

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