HOUSTON -- Fourth-quarter periodicals sales increased 75% at a Gerland's Food Fair unit here due to an expanded and relocated book department. The section, moved to a front alcove, runs 60 feet, up from 24 feet. Formerly positioned in a lobby area near grocery carts, it features 372 magazines, up from 312, and 250 book pockets, up from 90. "In the smaller section, titles were too crowded. There wasn't enough space to fan them out. Now, there's space for everything without much overlapping," ...

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