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The Chicago Tribune reports that supercenter pioneer Meijer is developing a new, smaller store format that it plans to debut in Illinois next year.

Of course, “smaller” is relative. Meijer normally operates supercenters that are 200,000 square feet, and this new format will be about half that.

If the format, which is designed to fit into locations that Meijer might ordinarily not fit into, is successful, the company says it will consider it for other markets.
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