NEW ENGLAND STORES SEE NONFOOD AS KEY TO SURVIVAL

BOXBOROUGH WOODS, Mass. -- In a highly competitive New England marketplace, independents and small chain supermarket operators are looking at nonfood as an essential element in their survival."Right now nonfood has more bottom-line contribution than my meat department," Albert Lees 3rd, president of Lees Supermarket, Westport, Mass., told some 120 sales reps gathered here for a year-end meeting of

BOXBOROUGH WOODS, Mass. -- In a highly competitive New England marketplace, independents and small chain supermarket operators are looking at nonfood as an essential element in their survival.

"Right now nonfood has more bottom-line contribution than my meat department," Albert Lees 3rd, president of Lees Supermarket, Westport, Mass., told some 120 sales reps gathered here for a year-end meeting of Imperial Distributors, Auburn, Mass.

To help the nonfood distributor achieve it

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