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• The Orlando Sentinel has a story about how "groceries are seeing more customers coming in for a quick meal — and these so called 'grocerants' (grocery-restaurant hybrids) are adding restaurant-style options ... In-store dining and take-out of prepared foods from grocers has grown almost 30 percent since 2008, according to a recent NPD study. Last year, NPD said, shoppers made 2.4 billion visits to grocery stores and other food purveyors, resulting in $10 billion in consumer spending."

The story suggests that it is the retailers that invest in creating more relevant experiences - and better food - that will be the one who will find themselves with differential advantages in an increasingly competitive retail market.
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