RIDGEWOOD, N.Y. -- Despite its name, Western Beef's retail business and expansion plans have nothing to do with the West Coast and involve far more than beef. If the store banners were to fully identify the chain's mission, they might read "Inner-City Warehouse East." The 17-unit operator here is now accelerating unit growth for its 18-year-old full-line warehouse supermarket concept, geared to low-income and ethnic areas in the New York metropolitan region. These plans are being laid at a ...

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