SPARTAN TO CONTINUE MOVE INTO RETAIL

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. -- Spartan Stores plans to continue its metamorphosis from a wholesaler/distributor to a wholesaler/retailer, James B. Meyer, president and chief executive officer of the Grand Rapids, Mich.-based company, told shareholders at last week's annual meeting here."Spartan Stores can no longer function solely as a wholesaler/distributor," Meyer declared. "If other wholesalers or retailers

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. -- Spartan Stores plans to continue its metamorphosis from a wholesaler/distributor to a wholesaler/retailer, James B. Meyer, president and chief executive officer of the Grand Rapids, Mich.-based company, told shareholders at last week's annual meeting here.

"Spartan Stores can no longer function solely as a wholesaler/distributor," Meyer declared. "If other wholesalers or retailers employ a retail-acquisition strategy, we must not allow them to consolidate our c

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