Food retailing has always been a local activity, and in-market operators can do much in terms of participating in community affairs to be seen as active participants in shoppers' lives. That's still the case, and this week's news feature, referenced on Page 1, outlines many of the ways that chains are endeavoring to do that. But, in that regard, let's focus our attention on the large chains. After all, big-scale operators face the greatest challenges in keeping close to communities since ...

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