LOS ANGELES — Unified Western Grocers here moved a step closer to fulfilling its long-held goal of consolidating the West Coast's retailer-owned cooperatives with the announcement last week that it has signed a letter of intent to acquire Associated Grocers, Seattle. The transaction, expected to be completed by late summer, would boost Unified's current $3 billion volume by approximately $950 million and strengthen its position in the Pacific Northwest. The letter of intent represents a ...

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