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Retail specialization may bring food and supplements back to Main Street

Shoppers are seeking community over convenience.

The efficiency of the big box is compelling. A store that sells everything—or nearly every category, anyway—smacks of convenience: Jeans, aisle 14. Eyeliner, aisle 23. Tennis racket, broccoli, motor oil, desk lamp, vitamin C, you got it! Then a single checkout and customers are back to their SUVs, loading in the wares.

On the other hand, the big boxes are decidedly inconvenient—vast parking lot, hike to the back of the store, wait behind a big cartload of goods&mdash

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