ARCADIA, Calif. -- The Larry Del Santo era as chairman of Vons Cos. here will begin Wednesday -- at a point in the chain's history when it finds itself on the brink of a full financial recovery. Del Santo will become chairman at Vons' annual meeting, which will also signal the formal retirement of Roger E. Stangeland, who has been chairman for 10 years. Although positive change is well under way, several factors beyond Vons' control could create challenges for Del Santo and the area's ...

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