THE FORMIDABLE FORMAT

The good news for traditional supermarket operators is that most alternate formats don't pose a major threat at this point, according to analysts and other industry observers.The bad news, however, is that one nontraditional format -- the supercenter -- continues to multiply and gain food market share and will become an increasingly serious adversary for supermarkets in the future, those observers

The good news for traditional supermarket operators is that most alternate formats don't pose a major threat at this point, according to analysts and other industry observers.

The bad news, however, is that one nontraditional format -- the supercenter -- continues to multiply and gain food market share and will become an increasingly serious adversary for supermarkets in the future, those observers added.

"Alternate formats aren't going to be a serious frontal assault on the s

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