Sam Duncan, Supervalu

Sam Duncan, Supervalu

2014 Power 50 Wholesalers: No. 1 Sam Duncan President and CEO Supervalu Key Developments: Stabilizing Supervalu, returning it to profitability and striving for financial improvements. What’s Next: New corporate stores and a more aggressive rollout of Save-A-Lot.

Sam Duncan appears to be righting the ship at Supervalu.

At the end of his first year as president and CEO of the Minneapolis-based wholesaler, sales were up nearly 1% — with positive same-store sales in the retail segment for the first time since 2008 — and earnings were positive.

“We accomplished a great deal this past year,” Duncan told industry analysts — “stabilizing the company, giving it a strong sense of direction, installing a new management team and raising the l

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