WEST DES MOINES, Iowa -- Hy-Vee Food Stores here will be guided by traditions built over 67 years to see it through the millennium and beyond. As it approaches $3 billion in annual sales, the company will rely on traditions including employee ownership, manager autonomy, expansion through new-store construction rather than acquisition, and basic Midwest ethic, Ronald D. Pearson, chairman, president and chief executive officer, told SN. Pearson said the company will buck industry trends ...

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