ST. LOUIS -- When Schnuck Markets officials took steps to recreate their store prototype, they really took steps. "We literally counted the steps that were required to operate the various departments and looked at ways throughout the store we could reduce them," explained Ross Hutsel, director of facilities engineering for the retailer based here. The resulting store prototype, the first version of which opened last month in Cottleville, Mo., is a store that maximizes efficiency, reduces ...

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