Mike Keating on the Wegmans Way

When he was 16 years old, Mike Keating took a job at Star Supermarkets, a Rochester-based grocer battling Wegmans pound for pound. But when Peter J. Schmitt bought Star in 1982, the West Seneca food wholesaler made a mess of things.

Among other mistakes, it stocked Fuji film in the heart of Kodak country.

“They didn’t understand Rochester. They figured it was 60 miles away, how different could it be?” Keating said. “They also didn’t understand Bob Wegman.”

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