SEVERAL REGIONAL supermarket chains fell victim to competitive pressures, came under new ownership or both in 2006. In the Pacific Northwest, long-held fears about the arrival of Wal-Mart supercenters finally proved well founded, as two of the region's most respected independent chains filed for bankruptcy and another simply closed its doors. Larry's Markets, Kirkland, Wash., and Brown & Cole Stores, Bellingham, Wash., both filed for Chapter 11 protection in 2006. Larry's sold its five ...

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