In this very tough economic environment, how can independent operators survive -- and even flourish? That's the question SN posed to industry insiders and observers, and their responses were generally hopeful, a view that while times may be hard they are also filled with opportunity for independent operators. No one downplayed the current overall economic situation. Norman Mayne, chief executive officer, Dorothy Lane Market, Dayton, Ohio, said, "It's tougher certainly since 9/11. There's ...

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