PALM DESERT, Calif. -- Supermarket operators must take bold steps to reinvent and redesign the purpose of the supermarket, James F. "Fully" Clingman, president and chief operating officer of H.E. Butt Grocery Co., San Antonio, told the Western Association of Food Chains convention here last week. "Our past and present are done," Clingman declared in his keynote address. "The challenge now is to create a future for the supermarket industry that goes beyond improving our past -- to launch the ...

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