Dare we hope that a competitor might come along who brings some innovative thinking about merchandising and product to the party -- thinking that supermarket retailers can readily adapt and put to work for their benefit? It seems too much to hope for, doesn't it, even on Thanksgiving week? Yet such a situation may be unfolding when it comes to the handful of natural-food chains now in operation. At least that's an opinion turned up by a survey of a few conventional-store executives, results ...

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