CARTERET, N.J. -- Today, tomatoes. Tomorrow, the world. Shoppers at Pathmark's store in Long Island City, N.Y., last week noticed changes evident just beyond the entrance door. A welcome once marked by high-stacked floor displays of various items from the weekly sales flier -- what Pathmark referred to as "The Hot Spot" -- has cooled considerably. Instead, a basket of tomatoes and low-profile displays of Italian bread, cakes and cookies lined the wall; the floor was clear to provide vistas ...

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