With the new millennium just a few days away, supermarket operators are seeking to make final preparations for Y2K while allaying public concerns. The key word is uncertainty. So even as they boost inventories to prepare for any contingencies, supermarkets are hoping shoppers end up treating this New Year's Eve like any other New Year's Eve, or, at worst, like a natural disaster. At Food Lion, Salisbury, N.C., "We're aware of the possibility that panic buying may occur," Chris Ahearn, ...

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