SALT LAKE CITY -- Associated Food Stores here warned its members last week of a heightened threat from operators of alternate formats, particularly Wal-Mart. Speaking at the cooperative's annual meeting, Richard Parkinson, president and chief executive officer, said plans by Wal-Mart Stores, Bentonville, Ark., to build an 860,000-square-foot food-distribution center in Brigham City, Utah, indicate a new level of competition for area retailers. During the past several years, mass ...

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