Business: The Super Centers

As board chairman of Allied Stores Corp., the world's biggest department-store chain (72 stores in 24 states), B. Earl Puckett logs 100,000 miles a year in his private DC-3, uses much of the mileage to scout likely locations for super shopping centers. On the ground last week Puckett unfolded the latest results of his high flying: he plans to build a $238 million network of seven new centers (in addition to three already built), each dominated by an Allied outlet. Said Puckett: "The largest single expansion in the history of retailing."

The new centers, scheduled for opening by 1957, are designed to...