Mack McLamb hasn't seen dollar stores take a huge bite out of grocery sales at his nine-store chain -- at least not yet. However, it hasn't stopped Carlie C's IGA, Dunn, N.C., from testing dollar sections in its own stores as the number of dollar formats in its area increases. "If it is a fad, it is a long-term fad," acknowledged McLamb, a vice president there. Dollar stores may not threaten traditional supermarkets' food sales as much as supercenters do, but as hungry as dollar stores are ...

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