CITY OF COMMERCE, Calif. — 99 Cents Only Stores here said an initiative to improve handling and displaying of perishable merchandise over the past six months has resulted in a better quality of offering, though overall perishables penetration is the same as it was a year ago. Eric Schiffer, chief executive officer of the 276-store discount chain, said the initiative was begun six months ago to make sure the stores were prepared for the summer-selling season, “and hopefully we will see ...

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