SPARTAN PLANS A RETURN TO OWNERSHIP OF RETAIL UNITS

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. -- Spartan Stores here is revisiting retail store ownership for the first time in about 10 years.The wholesaler plans to acquire retail stores in a move geared to boost financial performance and improve efficiencies in the face of a quickly consolidating industry."The most significant change being adopted to accelerate growth is the acquisition of retail stores," said James B.

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. -- Spartan Stores here is revisiting retail store ownership for the first time in about 10 years.

The wholesaler plans to acquire retail stores in a move geared to boost financial performance and improve efficiencies in the face of a quickly consolidating industry.

"The most significant change being adopted to accelerate growth is the acquisition of retail stores," said James B. Meyer, president and chief executive officer, at the annual meeting here last w

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