THE WAREHOUSE TRADES UP

Supermarket warehouse stores -- one of the major growth formats of the 1980s -- are evolving into a hybrid of their former selves in the 1990s. With more customers demanding more service as well as low prices, the bare-bones look and service-free ambience that once characterized most supermarket warehouse stores are gone.In their place is a collection of service departments -- usually delicatessens

Supermarket warehouse stores -- one of the major growth formats of the 1980s -- are evolving into a hybrid of their former selves in the 1990s. With more customers demanding more service as well as low prices, the bare-bones look and service-free ambience that once characterized most supermarket warehouse stores are gone.

In their place is a collection of service departments -- usually delicatessens and bakeries, sometimes seafood counters and pharmacies -- and a more upscale visual l

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