It was a toxic mix, according to Bob Robicheaux, a retail professor with UAB who has done extensive research on the changes to the grocery industry in Alabama during the past 20 years.

“I’ve studied this very carefully and I’ve had access to proprietary information from Bruno’s,” Robicheaux said. “It’s pretty obvious that Wal-Mart targeted Alabama as the first state to try to expand its Supercenter concept aimed at the grocers here.”

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