SALT LAKE CITY -- Independents' ability to compete effectively against grocery and mass merchandise chains depends upon them "optimizing their uniqueness," and taking advantage of the economies of scale of their warehouse, said Rich Parkinson, president and chief operating officer of Associated Food Stores here. With its recently opened 1 million-square-foot warehouse in Farr West, Utah, 60 miles north of here, Associated is operating a "state-of-the-art" facility designed to provide the ...

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