The Shopping-Cart Raiders

Big retailers are profitable targets for the Hafts

Tooling around Washington in his black stretch limousine and sporting a snow- white pompadour, Herbert Haft, 68, may look more like a Hollywood agent than a predator who strikes terror in the hearts of corporate executives. But the roster of giant retailers -- including the May department stores, Dayton Hudson and Safeway -- shaken up by his Dart Group (1987 revenues: $406 million), based in Landover, Md., has earned Haft and his eldest son Robert, 35, Dart's president, a reputation as two of the most feared raiders on the roiling retail scene. Just ask the 2,257-store Kroger grocery chain.

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