Pathmark is a chain frozen in amber, or so it would seem by the challenge its chief executive officer sees. Many other chains have long ago found improved margin production by increasing space allotments for perishable departments on the perimeter of the store. Pathmark too has perimeter departments, but many of its shoppers still seek out lower-margin Center Store product, leaving an opportunity gap in perimeter departments. Luckily for Pathmark, its 141 stores are in the population-dense ...

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