Symmetry of events is wonderful to behold. Last week, the longest supermarket strike ever to occur in this country was settled in Southern California. Also last week, Wal-Mart Stores opened its first supercenter in the state. More are slated. Of course, those events are strike related because Safeway, Albertsons and Kroger sought lower labor costs to compete with the quintessential low-cost operator. Now that the strife is over, let's see what was accomplished and at what price. Much ...

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