WEAKENED RETAILERS START TO FADE OUT

It's never pleasant work to watch the downward spiral of a food-retailing business, especially one that has a long history. But it's happening: Both Grand Union and Jitney Jungle of America are liquidating and the banners are destined to vanish, or to be sharply attenuated.Let's take a look at Grand Union first. At one time, Grand Union, based in New Jersey, was quite a force on the Eastern Seaboard

It's never pleasant work to watch the downward spiral of a food-retailing business, especially one that has a long history. But it's happening: Both Grand Union and Jitney Jungle of America are liquidating and the banners are destined to vanish, or to be sharply attenuated.

Let's take a look at Grand Union first. At one time, Grand Union, based in New Jersey, was quite a force on the Eastern Seaboard with a network of stores running from New England to the Caribbean, and filling much

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