Lots of questions have been asked about the four-month-old Southern California supermarket strike-lockout, the longest in grocery- industry history. When will it end? Will labor avoid cutbacks? Will Kroger, Albertsons and Safeway wind up with a more level economic playing field with Wal-Mart as that retailer plans a supercenter entry in the state? A question less explored is how Southern California consumers will respond once the strike is over. Will they return to their old stores, or ...

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