BALTIMORE -- Several independent retailers based here have established $1 general merchandise sections that, in some locations, encompass an entire side of the grocery aisle. The sections, created in an effort to compete with dollar sections at mass merchandisers, have helped the supermarkets attract more nonfood customers, according to retailers polled by SN. Most are getting 30% margins. "[The sections] offer customers the opportunity to find the same type of merchandise that they'd ...

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