With more than half of U.S. households owning furry -- and not so furry -- critters, supermarkets are capitalizing on the popularity of pet ownership.
Chains like Big Y Foods, Springfield, Mass.; A&P, Montvale, N.J., Victory Super Markets, Leominster, Mass.; and Acme Markets, Malvern, Pa., have dedicated space to large pet centers that are crammed with a wide variety of profitable pet supplies. These pet care projects are being pursued to capitalize on an industry that has grown i