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Are club stores, which charge consumers $30 to $45 a year for the privilege of shopping, hurting Center Store? Yes, but so are other channels, from chain drugstores to the local Staples, say experts.According to the National Grocers Association, Reston, Va., Center Store sales have declined by about 20% in the grocery channel in the past 15 years as alternative formats, such as the membership warehouse

Are club stores, which charge consumers $30 to $45 a year for the privilege of shopping, hurting Center Store? Yes, but so are other channels, from chain drugstores to the local Staples, say experts.

According to the National Grocers Association, Reston, Va., Center Store sales have declined by about 20% in the grocery channel in the past 15 years as alternative formats, such as the membership warehouse club store, have grown.

Center Store goods, except possibly laundry and cl

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