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by Kevin Coupe

There are two Eye-Opening questions to be posed this morning, based on things I've been hearing...

• Why, with the impending retirement of Safeway CEO Steve Burd, did the company not have a succession plan in place that would have immediately named the company's next CEO? More than a few people suggested to me that this is not generally the way things would be done ... that at any comparable company, a CEO of two decades tenure would have had a succession plan established, if only for continuity's sake.

• What major east coast regional grocery chain is fairly bursting with rumors that it is about to be acquired by a major national grocery chain?

No conclusive answers to either ... yet.
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