Unified Sees Threat From Tesco

LOS ANGELES Unified Western Grocers here said last week it sees the entry of Tesco's Fresh & Easy Neighborhood Markets as a threat to its retail members comparable to the potential spread of Wal-Mart Supercenters. With Wal-Mart decelerating growth in California, the competitive landscape will change as if Wal-Mart was expanding when Tesco begins opening stores, Al Plamann, president and chief executive

LOS ANGELES — Unified Western Grocers here said last week it sees the entry of Tesco's Fresh & Easy Neighborhood Markets as a threat to its retail members comparable to the potential spread of Wal-Mart Supercenters.

“With Wal-Mart decelerating growth in California, the competitive landscape will change as if Wal-Mart was expanding when Tesco begins opening stores,” Al Plamann, president and chief executive officer, told the cooperative's annual meeting. “We expect Tesco to be so a

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