From Aldi to Whole Foods Market, nontraditional food retailers in recent weeks have unveiled new growth plans that ramp up their rates of new-store expansion and bring them into new markets. While alternative-format growth has outpaced that of traditional supermarket retailers for several years, the latest growth plans from these operators represent a new level of development. Batavia, Ill.-based Aldi, for example, the limited-assortment operator that has been one of the fastest-growing food ...

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