GARDEN CITY, N.Y. -- A hot-food bar that was an afterthought has become the featured attraction at a Melmarkets/Foodtown unit in Long Island, New York. Sales from the bar, which includes some cold salads, are 18% of deli sales at the store and continue to grow at a brisk pace, said Harvey Cohen, deli director for the 18-unit chain, which is supplied by Twin County Grocers, an Edison, N.J.-based cooperative wholesaler. "The word-of-mouth advertising is fantastic. People bring others from ...

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