Retreat for Survival

The old-fashioned general store may have its renascence this year. That was the talk last week in the retail grocery trade. Since the expected 40 to 50% slump in food sales volume this year may liquidate at least one out of every six of the 580,000 U.S. food dealers, grocers figure their best hope of staying in business is to stock their bare shelves with other types of merchandise.

Alert to the urgency of beating a strategic retreat back to the merchandising methods of a century ago, 17-year-old Independent Grocers Alliance has ready for its 5,000 independent grocers a 70-item drug...

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