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RICHMOND, Va. -- Inner-city supermarket operators may wish they could have a fresh-meals program in their stores, but find a lack of space or customer interest among the biggest stumbling blocks.At Community Pride Food Stores, based here, such a wish has come true in a big way. When the independent opened its second Plus format unit in this city last month, it wasn't long before fresh hot food and

RICHMOND, Va. -- Inner-city supermarket operators may wish they could have a fresh-meals program in their stores, but find a lack of space or customer interest among the biggest stumbling blocks.

At Community Pride Food Stores, based here, such a wish has come true in a big way. When the independent opened its second Plus format unit in this city last month, it wasn't long before fresh hot food and prepared items to-go took center stage, quickly becoming popular with the store's low-

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