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While supermarkets and superstores continue to capture most of the food stamp dollar spending - both locally and nationally -  users still spend more at convenience stores and combination grocery stores than at small and medium grocery stores, where there are more food choices and fresher options.

Food stamps, or what is now known as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), can be lucrative for retailers.

According to federal data obtained by CU-Citizen Access, local supermarkets and superstores netted nearly $2.5 million in food stamp dollars in September 2009. Quick-stop stores, such as convenience stores and combination grocery stores came in second - with combined sales of nearly $150,000.

Though small in comparision, monthly spending at these stop-and-go stores exceed food stamp spending at any other store, including small,medium and large grocery stores.

It's a business that more and more convenience stores and...

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