LAS VEGAS - Bigger is no longer better - smaller is. That was the message delivered by David W. Schoeder, principal in The Food Partners, Washington, D.C., at the National Grocers Association convention here. According to Schoeder, a recent shift in corporate thinking could see more multi-regional operators begin exiting some markets during the next 18 to 24 months, creating opportunities for independents. Instead of looking at more national growth, many supermarket retailers are narrowing ...

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