HILLSBORO, Ore. — Hank’s Thriftway has emerged from the recession with perishables sales that are climbing — slowly, but climbing. Armed with confidence and ideas that work, Hank’s owners pitted the store’s perishables and customer service against intense competition and a dark economy, and won. “All our perishables departments’ sales are up or equal to last year’s,” Tom Evans, president and co-owner of Hank’s, told ...

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