Club stores have built a reputation for introducing have-to-have items to shoppers who never even dreamed they existed. Now, with inflated gourmet selections and more vast international aisles, mainstream retailers are entering the specialty fray and inciting a new level of innovation in the club channel. “There is no question that every retailer today, including wholesale club chains, is working harder to find unique and new specialty food items,” said Jon Hauptman, a partner with the ...

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