HOUSTON -- Randalls Food Markets here upped the size of its bagels and gave them a big send-off with a full-page ad in the local daily newspaper. Success was big, too, according to Alex Sakhel, bakery category manager for Randall's, Tom Thumb and Simon David. The 120-store Randalls has 50 Houston units and sold 850,000 bagels the week the ad ran, Sakhel said. "And those are conservative figures, because I don't have all the results in. By comparison, two months ago, we ran an ad with a ...

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