GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. -- Spartan Stores here is facing a stepped-up challenge from an investor group pushing for the sale of the company. Loeb Partners, New York, which has previously urged that Spartan be sold, is now attempting to get a pair of nominees elected to the company's board of directors at the distributor's annual meeting, which is scheduled for August. Loeb also hopes to effect a change in Spartan bylaws that would allow it to ask shareholders to vote on a proposal calling on ...

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