GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. -- Calling fiscal 2004 a year of "significant and steady progress," Craig Sturken highlighted Spartan Stores' improved outlook 18 months into a turnaround strategy he began when he was named chief executive officer of the distributor-retailer in March 2003. Speaking at the company's annual meeting here, Sturken, who also is chairman of the company, noted efforts to shore up Spartan's financial condition, cut costs and grow retail sales helped raise Spartan stock by 73% ...

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