SWEETWATER, Texas -- Extensive candle sections are brightening general merchandise sales at Lawrence Bros.' Fiesta Food. The chain here moves about 5,000 cases of candles a year to a largely Mexican customer base, said Walter Smith, supervisor of nonfood. The category has become a fast-turning mainstay for the 19-store retailer, which has four 20-foot candle sections in its ethnic grocery aisle. The candles are included in ads. "Candles have become one of the better selling general ...

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