RETAILERS GO UPSCALE FOR VALENTINE'S DAY SHOPPERS

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. -- Gourmet chocolate, spiked with intense flavors and -- one can hope -- health benefits, is a hot trend that hasn't been lost on supermarkets.Snubbing low-carb and sugar-free candies, they promoted upscale chocolates in the weeks leading up to Valentine's Day, along with romantic meal solutions and nonfood gift items. Retailers built elaborate Valentine's departments, some stretching

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. -- Gourmet chocolate, spiked with intense flavors and -- one can hope -- health benefits, is a hot trend that hasn't been lost on supermarkets.

Snubbing low-carb and sugar-free candies, they promoted upscale chocolates in the weeks leading up to Valentine's Day, along with romantic meal solutions and nonfood gift items. Retailers built elaborate Valentine's departments, some stretching 70 feet, which they supported with smaller displays throughout their stores.

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