Convenience and freshness topped the deli/fresh meals menu this year as many retailers opened smaller-format stores -- some as small as 7,000 square feet -- that showcase their fresh departments, especially meal solutions. Grand Union Co., Clemens Markets and Kings Super Markets are among those who took that road in 1999. Retailers also installed separate entrances to food courts, opened up the kitchen, and simplified programs to make them more manageable at store level. They also ...

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