TESTING THE YANKEE SPIRIT

BOSTON -- Ed Roche, president and chief executive officer of Roche Bros., figures what he doesn't know can certainly hurt him. That's why, as Wal-Mart builds its first New England food-distribution center, Roche and a handful of his top lieutenants are taking a trip to Texas to meet with executives at H. E. Butt Grocery Co. to learn how the San Antonio retailer preserved its market share despite 135

BOSTON -- Ed Roche, president and chief executive officer of Roche Bros., figures what he doesn't know can certainly hurt him. That's why, as Wal-Mart builds its first New England food-distribution center, Roche and a handful of his top lieutenants are taking a trip to Texas to meet with executives at H. E. Butt Grocery Co. to learn how the San Antonio retailer preserved its market share despite 135 Wal-Mart supercenters in the state.

"The more you know, the better," said Roche, the s

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