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The Washington Post this morning reports that in the Washington, DC, area, “while Giant and Safeway's share of the local grocery market has begun to slide, Food Lion's share has climbed to nearly 5 percent, outpacing the growth of both Wal-Mart Stores and Whole Foods.”

The reason, according to analysts, is that Food Lion is tapping into a well of customers that wants basic products, a no-frills shopping experience, isn’t entranced by shopping big stores like Wal-Mart, and is concerned enough about their economic state that a strong low-price message is extremely compelling to them.
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