INDEPENDENTS SURVIVE AMONG SUPERCENTERS

LAS VEGAS -- When Wal-Mart Stores, Bentonville, Ark., began blanketing the Joplin, Mo., market with supercenters several years ago, two-store CNW Foods managed to do what several Albertsons, IGA and a family-owned store couldn't: It survived.One of its stores occupies a busy location, which made a big difference, said CNW President Dick Casey, who shared his success story at the National Grocers Association's

LAS VEGAS -- When Wal-Mart Stores, Bentonville, Ark., began blanketing the Joplin, Mo., market with supercenters several years ago, two-store CNW Foods managed to do what several Albertsons, IGA and a family-owned store couldn't: It survived.

One of its stores occupies a busy location, which made a big difference, said CNW President Dick Casey, who shared his success story at the National Grocers Association's Supermarket Synergy Showcase 2005 convention here this month.

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