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Mixed fortunes: Is the variety store model sustainable?

Variety stores have struggled in Australia recently, but that’s not necessarily the case in other parts of the planet where a number of variety store chains are continuing to march across Europe and Asia. Why are they struggling here and not elsewhere? In the beginning Dollar or variety stores actually predate supermarkets. The first self-service grocery store, Piggly Wiggly, opened in Memphis in 1916 and then the first ‘supermarket’, according to the Smithsonian Institute, was King Kullen