SPARTAN REVIEWS FOOD TOWN

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. -- Spartan Stores here last week said it was "exploring alternative strategies" related to its 39 Food Town supermarkets in Ohio and Michigan, following reports that the struggling stores might be for sale. Spartan said it retained investment-banking firm The Food Partners, Seattle, Wash., to assist in the review."All options under consideration are intended to more rapidly return

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. -- Spartan Stores here last week said it was "exploring alternative strategies" related to its 39 Food Town supermarkets in Ohio and Michigan, following reports that the struggling stores might be for sale. Spartan said it retained investment-banking firm The Food Partners, Seattle, Wash., to assist in the review.

"All options under consideration are intended to more rapidly return our overall operations to profitability," said James B. Meyer, chairman, president a

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