THOROUGHBRED RISING

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- Bruno's Supermarkets here is about to join the Ahold stable.ident and chief executive officer, hedged a bit when asked about it by SN last week."We're considered an emerging thoroughbred," he said, somewhat modestly, then added, "Ahold only buys thoroughbreds."For Bruno's, it's been a fairly rapid rise from also-ran to the winner's circle.Three years ago it filed Chapter 11 bankruptcy,

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- Bruno's Supermarkets here is about to join the Ahold stable.

ident and chief executive officer, hedged a bit when asked about it by SN last week.

"We're considered an emerging thoroughbred," he said, somewhat modestly, then added, "Ahold only buys thoroughbreds."

For Bruno's, it's been a fairly rapid rise from also-ran to the winner's circle.

Three years ago it filed Chapter 11 bankruptcy, and it didn't emerge until February 2000, t

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