The supermarket industry was once characterized by its ability to throw off new formats at a rapid pace. Included in the pantheon of once-innovative formats is the box store, the warehouse store, the superwarehouse store, the combination store and so on. In more recent years, the full-scale invention of new formats has quieted some. But maybe the time has come to institute a search for new formats. As you'll see by a look at this week's front-page news feature, Costco Wholesale Corp. has ...

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