SALT LAKE CITY — Investments in independent businesses during the current economic turndown will ensure future success, Rich Parkinson, president and chief executive officer of Associated Food Stores here, said in his message to members in the company's annual report. “The natural tendencies when faced with the reality of our existing financial downturn are to withdraw, to ‘hunker down’ or to wait out the turbulent times and hope for the good times to return. Embracing any of these ...

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