GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Spartan Stores here last week said it saw sales gains in both its distribution and retail segments in the fiscal first quarter, although profits were basically flat. The company expressed optimism that it would continue to drive sales growth in a difficult economic environment through the rollout of its new loyalty card, private-brand enhancements, fuel centers and other initiatives. “We are excited about our loyalty program, which is scheduled to roll out in the ...

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