INDIANAPOLIS (FNS) -- Independent retailers face a formidable challenge in the next five to seven years from supercenters and new "pantry" departments in discount stores, said Bill Lancaster, vice president of corporate sales at Associated Wholesale Grocers, Kansas City, Kan. Speaking here at the Indiana Grocery and Convenience Store Association annual convention last week, Lancaster predicted Wal-Mart, Bentonville, Ark., would surpass its stated projection of 100 supercenters per year. ...

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