Though intimidating to some supermarket operators, the supercenter is being seen less and less as a retail juggernaut.
ing, wields hefty buying leverage with suppliers and has proliferated in recent years, industry executives and observers said.
However, they noted, supercenters face a number of obstacles in competing with supermarkets, including the following:
Big general-merchandise drawing radius restricts the number of stores that can be opened in a market. Opening