KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Food Barn Stores will cease operations here March 25 and most of its stores will be taken over by independents that are members of Associated Wholesale Grocers, the wholesaler cooperative. The move follows failure of Food Barn to win concessions from its labor union on a wage and benefits package. In the transfer of ownership, AWG here is paying $70 million for the assets of 38 stores that will be spun off to its independents. Two other stores will be closed by Food ...

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