WASHINGTON -- Average supermarket size declined for the first time in five years in 1999, but store openings continued to outpace closings, according to a study by the Food Marketing Institute here. opened last year covering 49,000 square feet, the smallest in five years and a significant reduction from 1998's high of 57,064 square feet. New store openings -- at 5% -- reached a decade high, and openings outpaced closings by a margin of 2.1%, according to the report. Though major ...

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