Forecasters in some quarters are predicting the complete demise of the independent retailer as consolidation continues to take its toll. I don't believe such a scenario is likely, and I would argue that the industry couldn't afford to lose its independent sector in any case. Still, if the industry had the capability to declare an Official Preservation Act, I would vote in favor of protection for independents. Everyone else learns so much from them. That's partly because independents tend ...

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