MONEY IN THE BANKS

Enticed by prospects for increased store traffic -- and hefty revenues from lease contracts -- retailers are rapidly signing on with banks to install branches in their stores.Banks are all too happy to bypass the brick-and-mortar investment of building a new branch, and retailers have readily accepted their new role as landlord. Today, some 4,000 supermarkets feature branches and 1,000 more stores

Enticed by prospects for increased store traffic -- and hefty revenues from lease contracts -- retailers are rapidly signing on with banks to install branches in their stores.

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