BLACK MOUNTAIN, N.C. -- By updating its selections at least twice a year, Ingles Markets has been able to increase sales 10% to 25% in housewares. New colors, styles and product types raise shoppers' interest levels in general merchandise, said Tony Federico, vice president of nonfood. "We're trying to constantly change the housewares mix to take out some of the sameness that's characterized supermarket housewares and often made it dull to shoppers," said Federico. He said these rapid ...
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