Retailers in Southwest Prepare to Face New Competition

Even as supermarket operators are preparing to face less of one formidable competitor, they are gearing up to face a new one. Bentonville, Ark.-based Wal-Mart Stores said this year it would slow its pace of supercenter development somewhat, to no more than 170 in each of the next three years. That should bring relief to some traditional supermarkets, but at the same time food retailers in the Southwest

Even as supermarket operators are preparing to face less of one formidable competitor, they are gearing up to face a new one.

Bentonville, Ark.-based Wal-Mart Stores said this year it would slow its pace of supercenter development somewhat, to no more than 170 in each of the next three years. That should bring relief to some traditional supermarkets, but at the same time food retailers in the Southwest are gearing up to face massive British retailer Tesco, which is slated to roll out

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