COPPEROPOLIS, Calif. -- Since purchasing the 20,000-square-foot Payless IGA here in January 2002, Louis Young grew the unit's weekly sales from $60,000 to more than $100,000. That was no simple task. Young operates in a highly competitive market that includes a Wal-Mart Stores supercenter and a Winco Food Store. Yet, he rose to the challenge by pricing competitively, updating merchandise, and expanding the bakery and deli departments. The payoff was big. Young's entrepreneurial acumen, plus ...

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