DALLAS -- Independent operators can use several proactive moves to prepare for the arrival of one of Wal-Mart's formats in a market, said an executive with Associated Wholesale Grocers, Kansas City, Kan. The executive, Bill Lancaster, vice president, corporate sales, told a group of retailers here at the recent National Grocers Association convention that almost every one of Associated Wholesale Grocers' 840 stores competes against some form of Wal-Mart. "That is a company that is to be ...

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