BENTONVILLE, Ark. -- Wal-Mart. Always. At least that's the way it seems anytime supermarket executives talk, whether they compete directly with Wal-Mart or not. Next year Wal-Mart Stores celebrates noteworthy anniversaries of its three food retailing formats. The first supercenter was launched in 1988 and has become a formidable force in gobbling up food dollars over a 15-year period. Sam's Club, launched in 1983, is in the process of being retooled after 20 years. And, the first ...

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