COOKING UP SALES

BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Two leading supermarket chains in this area -- Wegmans and Tops -- are luring consumers into their stores with a promise: they'll show them how to cook something interesting.That may seem ironic since today's time-starved consumers hardly have time to decide what they want to eat for dinner, let alone cook. But Tops' cooking classes here are filled up weeks in advance and Wegmans'

BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Two leading supermarket chains in this area -- Wegmans and Tops -- are luring consumers into their stores with a promise: they'll show them how to cook something interesting.

That may seem ironic since today's time-starved consumers hardly have time to decide what they want to eat for dinner, let alone cook. But Tops' cooking classes here are filled up weeks in advance and Wegmans' probably would be, too, if more people knew about them, said a local observer.

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