SHOPPING THE APPLE

High rents and high style have changed the rules of the food retailing game. For years a city of small neighborhood shops and family-run chains valuing convenience, New York's escalating affluence and expensive tastes have in recent years attracted high-end, destination-style operators to its landscape, putting traditional grocery stores under pressure to bolster their own offerings

NEW YORK — High rents and high style have changed the rules of the food retailing game here.

For years a city of small neighborhood shops and family-run chains valuing convenience, New York's escalating affluence and expensive tastes have in recent years attracted high-end, destination-style operators to its landscape, putting traditional grocery stores under pressure to bolster their own offerings without sacrificing their neighborhood appeal. But that's only the part of the p

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