Don't Forget Kash n' Karry
ways enjoy your editorials, but in ["Delhaize's Big Change," Aug. 23, 1999] you neglected to acknowledge Food Lion's purchase of Kash n' Karry, Tampa, Fla. In fact, that acquisition seems to have been a factor in the [decision this month to acquire] Hannaford Bros because of its success. SN reported that some Food Lion stores would be converted to Kash n' Karry's banner. [Food Lion's] Texas experience was the flip side of developing a new market area. [Food Lion withdrew from several Southwestern markets a few years ago.] Most major chains have found out that buying into new markets in the long run may be much more efficient than trying to steal market share from existing competitors.
Roehl & Associates
private-label food broker
Editor's Note: The writer (and several others) is correct. It should have been mentioned that Food Lion, a company controlled by Delhaize Le Lion, Brussels, closed on a deal that made Kash n' Karry a wholly owned subsidiary in late 1996. The front-page news article about the proposed Hannaford buyout acknowledged Kash n' Karry.