GROCERS EYE SUPERCENTER SLUGFEST UP IN MICHIGAN

DALLAS -- Supercenter giants Wal-Mart Stores and Meijer are squaring off against each other for the first time in Michigan, and the situation there is being watched closely and nervously by retailers across the country.The battle between Bentonville, Ark.-based Wal-Mart and Grand Rapids, Mich.-based Meijer was a hot topic of discussion last week as independent retailers gathered here to track Wal-Mart's

DALLAS -- Supercenter giants Wal-Mart Stores and Meijer are squaring off against each other for the first time in Michigan, and the situation there is being watched closely and nervously by retailers across the country.

The battle between Bentonville, Ark.-based Wal-Mart and Grand Rapids, Mich.-based Meijer was a hot topic of discussion last week as independent retailers gathered here to track Wal-Mart's moves and discuss counterstrategies. The retailers were attending the National Gr

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