CLEARLAKE, Calif. -- Being recognized as the "local guy" in town is the best distinction for Dennis Darling, who owns Foods Etc. and Susanville Supermarket in two small towns with local populations of about 10,000. Darling's customers can also shop Safeway and conventional Wal-Mart Stores, but Darling says his edge against the competition is maintaining close ties to the community, especially through various fund-raising events. Evidence of bonding with the community will soon be seen on ...

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