RESTON, Va. - In times when large, publicly held companies have decided to call it quits due to marketplace pressures and profitability challenges, independents may be tempted to say, "We told you so." However, Tom Zaucha, president and chief executive officer of the National Grocers Association here, views the sale of Albertsons last week as a continuum of past mergers and acquisitions in which the independent grocery retailers have learned how to survive. They also have learned how to ...

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