Though intimidating to some supermarket operators, the supercenter is being seen less and less as a retail juggernaut. ing, wields hefty buying leverage with suppliers and has proliferated in recent years, industry executives and observers said. However, they noted, supercenters face a number of obstacles in competing with supermarkets, including the following: Big general-merchandise drawing radius restricts the number of stores that can be opened in a market. Opening too many could ...

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