NORTH TAZWELL, Va. -- Acme Markets here has begun to update its general merchandise offering in an effort to boost nonfood sales about 3%. Among departments being recast are pet supplies, greeting cards, baby general merchandise and bath and body. According to Steve Mitchell, vice president of marketing and merchandising of the 30-store chain, most of these products had been offered "in small smatterings or absent from the item lineup. But we now intend to create a new, more definitive ...

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