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Down to Business: Grocers being pinched from both ends

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A funny thing happened on the way to the supermarket post-recession: Shoppers seemed to cleave along the same economic lines that spawned the Occupy movement. “Cost-conscious shoppers continue to seek extreme value and acceptable quality or better at low prices. Other shoppers less affected by the downturn have returned to upper-tier food retailers,” says the latest “The Future of Food Retailing” report from Chicago-area consultant Willard Bishop. Translated into real numbers, the so-called limited-assortment stores ...

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