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By JACK ROBERTIELLO CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- In this growing New South city, Dean & Deluca has opened the first of three prototype stores to be introduced this year -- stores that may be harbingers of a national chain that could offer sharp competition for dollars spent on fresh foods and on fresh meals in particular.ey perishables, but Dean & Deluca's few shops and cafes in New York and Washington hardly

By JACK ROBERTIELLO CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- In this growing New South city, Dean & Deluca has opened the first of three prototype stores to be introduced this year -- stores that may be harbingers of a national chain that could offer sharp competition for dollars spent on fresh foods and on fresh meals in particular.

ey perishables, but Dean & Deluca's few shops and cafes in New York and Washington hardly qualified as competition.

After all, a supermarket charging for fresh

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