Five months after the end of the longest labor dispute in Southern California history, the market is still seeking its new level. Promotions are down, underperforming stores are being closed and consumers remain in flux as they decide whether to return to the major chains or stick with the alternative outlets they discovered during the 141-day strike-lockout -- a willingness to be flexible that could make Wal-Mart an attractive alternative as it begins adding supercenters in the area, ...

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