The good news for traditional supermarket operators is that most alternate formats don't pose a major threat at this point, according to analysts and other industry observers. The bad news, however, is that one nontraditional format -- the supercenter -- continues to multiply and gain food market share and will become an increasingly serious adversary for supermarkets in the future, those observers added. "Alternate formats aren't going to be a serious frontal assault on the supermarket ...

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