By focusing on strong value propositions and innovation, supermarket executives surveyed by SN said they see plenty of opportunity for growth in 2009 — although their optimism is certainly guarded. “There is no doubt the aftershocks of a global economic slowdown will continue into 2009,” said Ric Jurgens, chairman, president and chief executive officer, Hy-Vee, West Des Moines, Iowa. “The dichotomy of having just celebrated a record performance year in our company, contrasted with the ...

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