INDIANAPOLIS -- Wal-Mart Stores is about to make a supercenter decision that could have far-reaching effects on supermarkets. That warning came last week from Bill Lancaster, vice president of sales at Associated Wholesale Grocers, Kansas City, Kan., who said Wal-Mart will soon decide whether to convert hundreds of conventional discount stores to supercenters. Lancaster, speaking at the convention of the Indiana Retail Grocers Association, said the Bentonville, Ark.-based giant discounter ...

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