Operating in Wal-Mart Stores' most advanced grocery market, and against the three largest traditional supermarket companies, in a state where a liberal development climate and rapid population growth offers little shelter from competitors with deeper pockets, hasn't made things easy for independent food retailers in Texas. Minyard's Food Stores, the 72-year-old family-run independent that recently agreed to sell its operations, acknowledged the Dallas-Fort Worth market in which it operated ...

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