A PACK OF TROUBLE

Supermarkets may soon have their sales of an important profit builder siphoned off by yet another category killer: cigarette stores.Cigarette specialty stores are emerging in scattered major markets across the country. They sell mostly cigarettes and tobacco-related products, at rock-bottom prices. And they aggressively seek out manufacturer deals and allowances, often underpricing and outmerchandising

Supermarkets may soon have their sales of an important profit builder siphoned off by yet another category killer: cigarette stores.

Cigarette specialty stores are emerging in scattered major markets across the country. They sell mostly cigarettes and tobacco-related products, at rock-bottom prices. And they aggressively seek out manufacturer deals and allowances, often underpricing and outmerchandising supermarkets in the process.

"The growth and proliferation of these stores

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