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The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports that Western Pennsylvania is seeing “the growth of smaller, limited-assortment food stores that focus on value. Discount chains Aldi and Save-A-Lot have opened dozens of stores in Western Pennsylvania in recent years. Food Lion's low-cost Bottom Dollar concept is likely to appear in the region. And O'Hara-based Giant Eagle Inc. now runs five Valu King, deep-bargain stores in Pennsylvania and Ohio.:

The reason? “Grocery shoppers remain in a budget-conscious mood even as the economy rebounds,” the paper writes, and price-conscious shoppers seem more willing than ever to visit numerous stores to land the best and most relevant deals.

The Tribune-Review suggests that a number of these value-driven retail banners may be looking for additional opportunities, thus fueling to an ever greater extent price-oriented retailing that shows no sign of abating.
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