AKRON, Ohio -- The second-generation operator of West Point Market here has become an unlikely hero among retailers as a David who took on the Goliath of federal bureaucracy. Russell Vernon, president and chief executive officer of the family store known for its gourmet foods, classical music and theatrical shopping experience, is using his newfound icon status to urge small retailers to brush up on government issues to guard against federal agencies that hold "the unbridled power and ...

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