Alternative formats to the traditional supermarket have continued to proliferate in the last 15 years. Convenience stores, drug stores and even gas stations -- which once only dabbled in groceries -- have made a stronger commitment to take share-of-stomach away from the supermarket industry. But no single format has been as devastating to the industry as Wal-Mart's chain of supercenters, which went from a single store in 1987 to the food industry's sales leader with more than 1,000 stores ...

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