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March 7, 2021

Beatdown on Aisle 5

The battle royale for the $12 trillion grocery market.

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Clarence Saunders was out on a limb. After all, there'd never been a store like it.

In the early hours of that September morning in 1916, perhaps the former grocery clerk took one last look at his creation. It certainly didn't bear a resemblance to any of the general stores at which he'd worked, starting at the age of 14. Gone were the countertops separating customers from the stockroom, so too, the barrels of wholesale goods — huge sacks of flour or drums filled with oats...

Clarence Saunders was out on a limb. After all, there'd never been a store like it.

In the early hours of that September morning in 1916, perhaps the former grocery clerk took one last look at his creation. It certainly didn't bear a resemblance to any of the general stores at which he'd worked, starting at the age of 14. Gone were the countertops separating customers from the stockroom, so too, the barrels of wholesale goods — huge sacks of flour or drums filled with oats...

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