KANSAS CITY, Kan. -- Associated Wholesale Grocers' new technologically advanced warehouse is expected to give some of its 900 member stores a stronger competitive position in nonfood. "The primary reason for the warehouse," said Bill Lancaster, vice president of corporate sales for the cooperative here, "is to counteract the serious erosion in health and beauty care and general merchandise at supermarkets." The 217,000-square-foot facility in Fort Scott, Kan., expected to open next month, ...

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