Despite some spectacular failures — among them the sale and closure of hundreds of Albertsons stores; the wind-down of regional operators such as Tops and Southern Family Markets; and the bankruptcies of companies like Larry's Markets and Brown & Cole — 2006 was a pretty good year for food retailers. Many are predicting 2007 could be even better. Led by national conventional chains Kroger and Safeway, sales were up and profits were better than in 2005, according to Food Marketing ...

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