Even as more supermarkets become part of nationwide chains, some independents, such as Coborn's supermarkets in St. Cloud, Minn., are finding ways to attract and keep customers. In Coborn's case, beefing up the offerings and advertising for the Center Store aisles is one method. Although Coborn's has reached an unprecedented level of success as a regional chain by expanding its supermarkets to include gasoline stations, florists, pharmacies, video rentals and other offerings on the ...

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