ABINGDON, Va. -- K-VA-T Food Stores, based here, has been updating -- and upscaling -- its meat departments. Not only has K-VA-T gained, through acquisition, six service meat departments, but it has also made adjustments chainwide with the adoption of an Angus beef program, according to officials with the 86-unit chain. Until now, the rural retailer has operated only self-serve meat departments. But the chain saw a new opportunity when it recently acquired seven units in eastern Tennessee ...

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