SALISBURY, N.C. -- Ralph Ketner, the executive who founded founded Food Lion in 1957 with his brother and a mutual friend, hasn't been in active management of the chain for some years. But he is an active observer of the chain. ter the resignation of Tom E. Smith, Ketner said he was troubled by how much money Smith was being paid and related costs. Ketner gave SN a copy of the letter. Throughout the letter, Ketner used quotation marks around the word resignation when referring to Smith, ...

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