For Nice N Easy Grocery Shoppes in upstate New York, life has been anything but. Pressured by competition for gas and cigarettes, the 83-store convenience chain has looked for ways to squeeze more profit out of other products it sells. In the Center Store, that meant identifying and tossing items like tinned meats, canned soup and cake mixes that didn't matter to the typical customer who's craving staples and snacks. "We just believe we've got to be much more in touch with the customer out ...

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