RETAIL TRADE: Woolworth's Supermarket

Grocery supermarkets stole a leaf from the dime stores when they began stocking their shelves with such traditional dime-store items as buttons, cosmetics and toothpaste. Last week, the nation's biggest dime-store chain snatched back. Near Manhattan's Stuyvesant Town, an apartment-city of some 26,000 inhabitants, F. W. Woolworth opened a self-service store where shoppers picked prepriced wares from clerkless counters, supermarket fashion, toted them in fabric baskets to wrapping and checkout counters. Customers seemed to like it, said they saved time by not having to wait for a salesgirl. Woolworth, which finds it hard to get clerks, hopes it will make...

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