RETAILING: Self-Service

As every housewife knows—and almost every businessman—the place where the money goes these days is to the U.S. supermarket, which piles up billions selling everything from aspirin to zwieback. Last week a suburban St. Louis housewife showed one and all just how profitable the supermarket business can be. Into St. Louis County circuit court came Florence Toft Bettendorf, 47, charging desertion against her husband, Supermarketeer Joseph Bettendorf, 51. until lately the proprietor of nine big St. Louis markets. Out went Mrs. Bettendorf wheeling a shopping cart full of money: $1,175,000 in a divorce settlement, plus $12,000 a year for...

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