Despite Economic Warnings, Store Builders Are Upbeat

Although warned of rising costs for materials and the likelihood of complex new legislation governing construction, supermarket builders and designers who gathered here last week were upbeat behind talk of new formats to invent and new technologies to employ. The grocery store of the future is not about thinking 10 years ahead. It's about inventing the future, Thom Blischok, president of

BALTIMORE — Although warned of rising costs for materials and the likelihood of complex new legislation governing construction, supermarket builders and designers who gathered here last week were upbeat behind talk of new formats to invent and new technologies to employ.

“The grocery store of the future is not about thinking 10 years ahead. It's about inventing the future,” Thom Blischok, president of Information Resources Inc., Chicago, said in a presentation at Food Marketing

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