TOPEKA, Kan. -- The grocery business has changed substantially since Jim Bauersfeld held his first job rebagging 100-pound sacks of potatoes at his father's store some 30 years ago. Bauersfeld, who nine years ago founded the four-unit J.M. Bauersfeld's operation here, has seen the industry move through periods of intensive government regulation and rapid consolidation. And Bauersfeld, like the rest of the independent sector, is now challenged by increasing pressure from alternative formats ...

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