SALT LAKE CITY (FNS) -- The key to independents to avoiding a "life threatening" blow by mass merchandisers and supercenters is "to try to emulate their strengths + and then gird our loins and compete," said Jack Shaum, chairman of the board, Associated Food Stores here. Speaking at the member-owned wholesaler's recent annual meeting, Shaum noted that with the efficient operation of its one-year-old, 1-million-square-foot integrated warehouse in Farr West, Utah, 60 miles north of here, the ...

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