BOISE, Idaho -- Albertson's here said last week it would eliminate its regional structure in favor of a divisional approach designed to execute marketing and merchandising strategies on a local level. The announcement represents an important philosophical shift for Albertson's that could help boost sagging sales and, according to one analyst, "turn plain vanilla stores into vanilla fudge." Albertson's said it would immediately begin operating as 19 separate operating divisions. Analysts ...

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