Niche retailers in the independent sector picked up momentum during 2010, according to SN's second annual list of the Top 50 small chains and independents. While nearly half the companies on the list did not open or close any stores during the year and approximately 20% closed between one and three units, a third added at least one or two stores, with five of those operators — each serving different niches — expanding more significantly. Those operators were as follows: • An ...

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