PLEASANTON, Calif. — The promotion last week of Robert Edwards to succeed Steve Burd as president of Safeway here is expected to enable Burd to devote more time to non-retail initiatives, analysts told SN. However, they said they doubt it signals a move by Burd toward retirement from his ongoing roles as chairman and chief executive officer of Safeway — a company he has headed since 1992 — nor any changes in the chain’s strategic direction. Edwards, 56, has been ...

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