TRADER JOE ADDS IMPORTS TO GENERAL MERCHANDISE

SOUTH PASADENA, Calif. -- Trader Joe here has upgraded its general-merchandise offering by regularly stocking imported items at higher price points. The move is being made to better complement the retailer's specialty-food business.The 113-store chain plans to widen its tabletop accessories to include imported leaded crystalware, as well as hand-painted fruit- and flower-pattern ceramic serving platters

SOUTH PASADENA, Calif. -- Trader Joe here has upgraded its general-merchandise offering by regularly stocking imported items at higher price points. The move is being made to better complement the retailer's specialty-food business.

The 113-store chain plans to widen its tabletop accessories to include imported leaded crystalware, as well as hand-painted fruit- and flower-pattern ceramic serving platters and bowls, said Annette Davidson, senior buyer.

Previously, the chain mer

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