GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. -- It's ironic that in an industry filled with independent supermarkets, the big question recently has been, what defines an independent supermarket? the culture of family-owned, wholesaler-supplied. As chairman of the Food Marketing Institute's Independent Operator Committee, Jeff Gietzen likes a definition he heard from Norman Mayne, chief executive officer of Dorothy Lane Market, Dayton, Ohio. "What makes an independent is that they have their whole life on the ...

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