Those Plucky Corner Stores

Over the past decade, rapid growth at the behemoths of retailing--Home Depot, Wal-Mart Stores, Toys `R' Us, and other chains--has given rise to doomsday prophecies for small and midsize retailers. One version has the big guys swallowing up the little guys in more and more product areas, leaving the landscape dominated by a few major players operating large stores.

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