ATLANTA -- The arrival of a supercenter doesn't have to mean a death knell for the independent supermarket. Speakers at the National Grocers Association's annual convention here last week outlined a prescription that independents can use to successfully head off supercenter competition. Among the key elements are: ยท Staying price competitive, but not necessarily outdoing supercenter pricing. Expanding store space. Adding perimeter service departments. Focusing on employee morale. "When ...

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