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Who'll bag the shoppers?
Hometown grocery chains Kroger and biggs are getting ready to fight to defend their turf against the onslaught by Wal-Mart Supercenters.
Shoppers weigh price, inventory vs. hectic nature of 'big boxes'
Kroger has never been on this track before
Kroger tilts with non-union giants

Eckberg: Family-owned firms show us how it's done
Four family-owned companies have grabbed top honors, winning an annual University of Cincinnati Goering Center Tri-State Business of the Year Award.

Look Who's Talking: Rich Kiley
Rich Kiley reluctantly took this job, and he's not going to keep it. The former Procter & Gamble Co. executive was named interim head of CincyTech USA, which aims to elevate the region's high-tech sector, when Johnathan Holifield resigned in May.

Business reader panel
The Enquirer's Business section is seeking a dozen people to join our Readers Panel. The panel will meet four times a year to discuss consumer and economic issues affecting Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky. If you're interested in being considered, please contact assistant business editor Mark Wert at 768-8526 before 3 p.m. weekdays, or e-mail him at

Business meetings this week
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Business People
Promotions & new on the job.
Before you pimp your ride, ensure plus-size wheels fit
MILFORD, Mich. - It's the bling that can result in a bone-jarring bang - plus-size wheels and tires that aren't perfect matches for the vehicles they adorn.
Deluxe stuff can be had at bargain price
People battle over discount Pottery Barn rugs on eBay. Women haunt the aisles of Target, trolling for deals on designer linen suits. And teens line up to score discounted 7 jeans at Nordstrom's Last Chance.
No more stepchild, private labels evolve
Ann Page and Jane Parker were the ladylike private-label brand names of the Great Atlantic and Pacific Tea Co. when that behemoth dominated the national supermarket industry after World War II.
Business notes

Has your job been sent off-shore?
The Enquirer would like to hear from you. If you know of any companies in the Cincinnati area that have transferred jobs or outsourced work -- at the expense of local jobs -- to nations wiph lower labor costs, please e-mail us.

Special Report: P&G's Russian Frontier
In a three-day series, The Enquirer's Cliff Peale reports from Russia on Procter & Gamble's manufucturing and marketing drive there and the implications for Greater Cincinnati.
Booming market bears potential and challenge
It's not like Kroger: 'Stores' make selling a challenge
New economy holds instability and risk
Overseas sales have big impact back home
Making cleaning products, two worlds meet
Q&A: Former dancer takes giant leap
Europe teaches lessons about style
Vanity products are a gamble for Procter

Erpenbeck archive
William Erpenbeck Jr. spent a decade building a company that crumbled in months. Once one of the Tristate's biggest home builders, the Erpenbeck Co. succumbed to a bank fraud that affected lenders, subcontractors and home owners. Click here for links to all Enquirer reports.