LAS VEGAS -- Independent retailers feeling the pinch of Wal-Mart are discovering that their meat departments can help them stay competitive -- and retain a distinct image in the marketplace. Falley's Inc./Food 4 Less, Topeka, Kan., focused on making meat a destination department while Harps Food Stores, Springdale, Ark., launched an aggressive campaign asserting the superior quality of its meats as compared to Wal-Mart's. Executives of both operations, whose locations in many cases compete ...

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