If supermarkets in Austin, Texas, were in a horse race, the H-E-B steed would be far in front, followed by three other horses wearing the colors of Randalls, Albertsons and Wal-Mart, which has five supercenters there. Bringing up the rear would be two well-known natural and organic supermarket chains, Whole Foods Market, which has its headquarters in Austin, and Sun Harvest Farms, a part of Wild Oats Markets, Boulder, Colo. Each has two units in Austin, a city of a half-million people. In ...

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