SPARTAN OF THE WAYS

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. -- Spartan Stores here will see a transition of leadership next month that represents more than just a change of chief executive officers.The 80-year-old operator has spent most of its existence as a cooperative wholesaler and has finally cut the last strings that attached it to that business philosophy. When president and chief operating officer James Meyer takes the CEO reins

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. -- Spartan Stores here will see a transition of leadership next month that represents more than just a change of chief executive officers.

The 80-year-old operator has spent most of its existence as a cooperative wholesaler and has finally cut the last strings that attached it to that business philosophy. When president and chief operating officer James Meyer takes the CEO reins from Pat Quinn on July 15, he will lead the for-profit company into an era when improvi

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