I am writing to take exception to several comments attributed to Hannaford Bros. executives in your article ["Hannaford Finds Snags in Southeast," May 20, Page 4].
ford Bros. Subsequent to their purchase of their Richmond, Va., stores, Hannaford approached us regarding limited shipments of specific products to their stores in this market. Their proposal would have created inefficiencies in our distribution system, creating a situation where our successful, loyal retailers would, in effect, subsidize this inefficiency. We cannot and will not do business in this manner. Second, we concede the point that Hannaford's difficulty in the Richmond market is due to Richfood. We are simply the most efficient distribution and logistics company in the United States and one of the largest procurers on the East Coast. Our efficiency and buying power translates into a competitive advantage for our customers.
Lastly, perhaps Hannaford should fully explore the economics of transporting grocery and food product to Richmond from upstate New York.