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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.

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