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It's not every day that a retailer is told it's "Wal-Mart-proof," but that's just the kind of accolades Caputo's Fresh Markets receives for its unique approach to food retailing.While Wal-Mart could certainly hurt Caputo's to a degree, the effects wouldn't be as damaging as that to traditional supermarkets, said Harold Lloyd, a Virginia Beach, Va., retail consultant who's worked with the Addison,

It's not every day that a retailer is told it's "Wal-Mart-proof," but that's just the kind of accolades Caputo's Fresh Markets receives for its unique approach to food retailing.

While Wal-Mart could certainly hurt Caputo's to a degree, the effects wouldn't be as damaging as that to traditional supermarkets, said Harold Lloyd, a Virginia Beach, Va., retail consultant who's worked with the Addison, Ill.-based operator.

"Caputo's has created a niche that's so well-defined it's

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