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CNN has a facile response to the question, how are some regional grocers managing to thrive in such a competitive environment.

Its story argues that the likes of Wegmans, H-E-B, Publix and Hy-Vee "are proving pretty resilient. These grocers have opened new stores and grown sales in the cutthroat industry … The grocers have thrived because they have mastered their local markets. They are nimble and often able to respond more quickly to shifting consumer tastes and make changes in stores than national chains with layers of management."

In addition to having strong brand equity and an ability to communicate that message to shoppers, these grocers also "have expanded carefully and avoided taking on debt, issues that have plagued many retail peers. All are privately held companies and do not have to answer to Wall Street every quarter."

See? Wasn't that easy?
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