The sales boom in crusty breads nationwide has spurred other chains, too, to add new fixtures designed precisely to highlight those products. Price Chopper Supermarkets, Schenectady, N.Y., for example, is testing a self-service bread dispenser at one of its newest stores. Here's how the dispenser works: Loaves of crusty breads, covered by a sneeze guard, are set on a slanted platform of vinyl-coated steel tubing. When a lever-action mechanism is depressed by a customer, an individual loaf ...

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