WHOLESALER'S DEMISE IS PROVING TO BE RETAILER'S OPPORTUNITY

CHANDLER, Ariz. -- Caught in a bind when wholesale grocer Fleming Cos. ceased operations, some independent grocers have found an unlikely ally in filling a sudden fresh-produce supply gap: large independent grocers, who in some cases compete with them for customers.Bashas' Supermarkets here, the dominant independent retailer around Phoenix, is supplying produce to about a half-dozen IGA stores, according

CHANDLER, Ariz. -- Caught in a bind when wholesale grocer Fleming Cos. ceased operations, some independent grocers have found an unlikely ally in filling a sudden fresh-produce supply gap: large independent grocers, who in some cases compete with them for customers.

Bashas' Supermarkets here, the dominant independent retailer around Phoenix, is supplying produce to about a half-dozen IGA stores, according to its vice president and produce director, Bill Romley.

Romley told SN

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