Independents Confident Amid Economic Slump

Independent retailers see the economic downturn as a potential opportunity to boost sales rather than as a cause for anxiety, according to a sampling of operators attending last week's National Grocers Association convention. When the economy gets a little off-center, people think about buying food and eating more meals at home rather than heading to a restaurant or fast-food outlet,

LAS VEGAS — Independent retailers see the economic downturn as a potential opportunity to boost sales rather than as a cause for anxiety, according to a sampling of operators attending last week's National Grocers Association convention here.

“When the economy gets a little off-center, people think about buying food and eating more meals at home rather than heading to a restaurant or fast-food outlet,” Bob Harmon, vice president for the customer at Harmon City, Salt Lake City,

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