GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. - The disappearance of two former competitors helped boost quarterly earnings by more than 36% and sales by 15.2% at Spartan Stores here. One of the former competitors, D&W Food Centers, was acquired by Spartan earlier this year, and during the quarter its 16 locations provided $46 million in new sales for Spartan. Another competing chain, Carter's Food Centers, declared Chapter 7 bankruptcy this summer and subsequently liquidated. Spartan acquired four of the ...

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