BENTONVILLE, Ark. -- The onslaught of Wal-Mart Supercenters will accelerate this month, with a record number set to open before the year-end holidays. Industry observers told SN the spate of openings -- in 18 states -- will have the negative effect of adding more square footage. But, they added, it may be beneficial to the industry in the long run by making stronger players sharper competitors and accelerating the attenuation of secondary supermarket operators. Also, the company said last ...

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