SALT LAKE CITY — To move out of their comfort zone is the greatest challenge facing independents, said Rich Parkinson, president of Salt Lake City-based Associated Food Stores at the co-op's recent annual meeting here. Parkinson said he is optimistic that the cooperative's members can successfully navigate new horizons in retailing, not only through their own entrepreneurial “drive and spirit,” but also through a variety of Associated programs designed to guide them through the “gateway to ...

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