Neil Stern, senior partner for McMillanDoolittle, Chicago, said he predicts a jump in the growth of small-format stores — what he calls “Small Formats, Take 2.” He said he expects a proliferation of more stores modeled after Sprouts — farmers’ market-type stores that are perishables-driven and located in both urban and suburban areas. “These would be small-footprint stores with more simplicity — a more streamlined approach,” Stern explained. ...

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