Supermarket customers are looking high and low for housewares.
Not that the category is hard to find in most stores, but two of the biggest new trends in housewares departments are upscale products and dollar items. Industry observers expect more of this in the near future.
"There are neighborhoods where you need the dollar stuff. Then there are other neighborhoods where it is definitely an upscale market," said Charles Yahn, vice president, nonfoods, Associated Wholesale