CANDLE SALES GLOWING AT FIESTA FOOD

SWEETWATER, Texas -- Extensive candle sections are brightening general merchandise sales at Lawrence Bros.' Fiesta Food.The chain here moves about 5,000 cases of candles a year to a largely Mexican customer base, said Walter Smith, supervisor of nonfood.The category has become a fast-turning mainstay for the 19-store retailer, which has four 20-foot candle sections in its ethnic grocery aisle. The

SWEETWATER, Texas -- Extensive candle sections are brightening general merchandise sales at Lawrence Bros.' Fiesta Food.

The chain here moves about 5,000 cases of candles a year to a largely Mexican customer base, said Walter Smith, supervisor of nonfood.

The category has become a fast-turning mainstay for the 19-store retailer, which has four 20-foot candle sections in its ethnic grocery aisle. The candles are included in ads.

"Candles have become one of the better se

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