BAYOU VISTA, La. -- Cannata's Food World stood its ground here when Wal-Mart came to town. And, in the shadow of the retail giant, the home-grown company has thrived by showcasing what Wal-Mart doesn't have -- things like home-made gumbo, custom-cut roasts, locally grown tomatoes and a long-time presence in the community. The three-unit family-owned independent retailer, based in Houma, La., opened its first supermarket here in bayou country 60 years ago, and was succeeding right up until ...

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