PUMPING UP VOLUME

CHICAGO (FNS) -- What started as a knee-jerk response to convenience-store competition a few years ago now appears to be a lasting trend in the supermarket industry.Nearly 500 U.S. supermarkets, ranging in size from small independents to Wal-Mart Supercenters, now feature gas pumps at their locations.And some industry experts predict that figure will grow 50% to 60% to approximately 800 supermarkets

CHICAGO (FNS) -- What started as a knee-jerk response to convenience-store competition a few years ago now appears to be a lasting trend in the supermarket industry.

Nearly 500 U.S. supermarkets, ranging in size from small independents to Wal-Mart Supercenters, now feature gas pumps at their locations.

And some industry experts predict that figure will grow 50% to 60% to approximately 800 supermarkets by the end of 1999.

"It's becoming more important in a lot of locati

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