ARLINGTON, Va. — What looks like the worst of times for the independent grocery sector — unemployment at a 15-year high, commercial credit markets locked, rising operational costs and shoppers trading down and not filling their pantries — could turn out to be the best of times. At least that is what the National Grocers Association here is hoping for in the year ahead. Thomas K. Zaucha, president and chief executive officer of NGA, told SN that while the country's economic conditions are ...

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