FRANKLIN PARK, Ill. -- Central Grocers Cooperative here expects to boost nonfood sales several percentage points as a result of a distribution program begun this month with Valu Merchandisers, based in Kansas City, Mo., the nonfood subsidiary of Associated Wholesale Grocers, located in Kansas City, Kan.
The co-op's more than 200 retailers are counting on overall general merchandise and health and beauty care sales increases of 8% to 10% with replanogrammed sets and a wider mix.
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