CHICAGO (FNS) -- What started as a knee-jerk response to convenience-store competition a few years ago now appears to be a lasting trend in the supermarket industry. Nearly 500 U.S. supermarkets, ranging in size from small independents to Wal-Mart Supercenters, now feature gas pumps at their locations. And some industry experts predict that figure will grow 50% to 60% to approximately 800 supermarkets by the end of 1999. "It's becoming more important in a lot of locations," explained ...

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