In the first column written for this space in 2007, the welcome news that many retailers predicted that this would be a good year for supermarkets was mentioned. At that time, the opinion was that such would be the case for several reasons. Among them was the Darwinian effect: The robust competitive milieu of years past weeded out weak operators and caused strong operators to get stronger. Compounding that, surviving operators — chains and independents alike — were able to accelerate growth ...
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