Sunflower Farmers Market founder and CEO Mike Gilliland stationed in the Dallas "Newflower Farmers Market" store's produce department on grand opening day. The word is that the produce department is the grocer's favorite of all. In fact, a Dallas Newflower store employee says that on the March 18 grand opening day that the CEO, who also bagged customers grocery as part of the opening, kept running off from the store front end to spend more time in the produce department.
Shoppers check out and get "checked out" at the Dallas "Newflower Farmers Market" store on grand opening day, March 18, 2009.
The produce department is a central departmental feature in the Sunflower-Newflower stores. Although the stores average about 15,000 -to- 25,000 thousand square feet, the produce department in the stores is much larger than an average store of that size would have. This is by design. Sunflower-Newflower prices both conventional and organic fresh produce at low everyday prices. This serves not only as a way to draw shoppers to the store but helps grow market basket sizes in the stores as well. Notice the no frills, farmers' market-style design of the produce department above in the new Dallas Newflower store. Doing so provides cost savings which allows for the everyday low produce pricing practice. It obviously also fits in with the chain's overall theme and name.
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