SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- Penn Traffic Co. here said last week it has hired Phillip E. Hawkins as its new president and chief executive officer. His mission, according to one industry observer, will be "to ignite Penn Traffic's top line." Hawkins, now senior vice president of store operations at Vons Cos., Arcadia, Calif., will join Penn Traffic sometime in early April. He will also be elected to the company's board of directors. Hawkins succeeds John T. Dixon, who resigned from Penn Traffic in ...

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