State of the Industry

Though separated by less than 150 miles of Interstate 71, the Ohio cities of Cleveland and Columbus cast very different shadows. Among traditional supermarket competitors they share only a few brand names Giant Eagle and Buehler Food Markets. And both cities have seen the collapse of a once-strong franchise in recent years. Otherwise they are a study in almost complete opposites. Columbus is home

Though separated by less than 150 miles of Interstate 71, the Ohio cities of Cleveland and Columbus cast very different shadows.

Among traditional supermarket competitors they share only a few brand names — Giant Eagle and Buehler Food Markets. And both cities have seen the collapse of a once-strong franchise in recent years.

Otherwise they are a study in almost complete opposites. Columbus is home to several national chains and is ground zero for a face-off between megastores

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