CHICAGO -- As today's supermarkets come more and more to resemble miniature shopping malls, some operators are rediscovering a partnership formula that has proven to be both popular and profitable. In some cases, retailers are working out individual deals with independent bakers; others are going the franchise route, either bringing in a brand name themselves or leasing out square footage to a third-party franchisee. Either way, operators contacted by SN say the arrangements relieve them of ...

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