JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Rob Rowe, a 43-year-old entrepreneur who started his professional career as a butcher and went on to develop new business strategies and retail formats for a number of leading supermarket chains, is finally in business for himself. In one fell swoop last year, he did what few, if any, single-supermarket entrepreneurs have ever dared do: He used his own capital and an asset-based loan to buy seven underperforming supermarkets from a chain anxious to exit an ...

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