FRANKLIN PARK, Ill. -- As part of an ongoing effort to increase the general-merchandise mix in its 260 member-operated stores, Central Grocers Cooperative here is pursuing a new kitchen boutique concept for a possible test in the fall. According to Bob Schaeffer, general-merchandise buyer, the boutique would offer medium- to high-end-quality products in an 800-square-foot display area, including some cookware and gadgets priced up to $50, which would be supplied through Central's ...
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