BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- Bruno's Supermarkets here is about to join the Ahold stable. ident and chief executive officer, hedged a bit when asked about it by SN last week. "We're considered an emerging thoroughbred," he said, somewhat modestly, then added, "Ahold only buys thoroughbreds." For Bruno's, it's been a fairly rapid rise from also-ran to the winner's circle. Three years ago it filed Chapter 11 bankruptcy, and it didn't emerge until February 2000, two years later. Last week, Bruno's ...

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