DALLAS -- For Fleming, 2003 proved to be the end of the line for the 86-year-old wholesale giant. The company filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection on April 1, and by early summer it was out of the grocery wholesale business altogether. Fleming's rapid downfall actually began in mid-2001, when it agreed, amid much hoopla, to become the sole grocery supplier for Kmart Corp., Troy, Mich. -- a 10-year agreement that made Kmart its largest customer, with annual sales expected to be around ...
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