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Winn-Dixie celebrates store expansion, overhaul

BY Michael Johnsen

MOBILE, Ala. Winn-Dixie on Thursday celebrated the completion of its 9,000-sq.-ft. expansion and remodel here, featuring such new amenities as an outdoor farmers market; expanded meat, seafood and wine departments; and a dedicated area offering free Wi-Fi access and complimentary coffee.

“Shoppers will now find themselves surrounded by colorful arrays of fresh produce, flowers and other perishables in a cleaner, more modern and attractive setting that offers best-in-class customer service,” stated Joey Medina, Winn-Dixie western regional VP. “In addition, our merchandising reflects the needs, tastes and preferences of this diverse community. … This store exemplifies our fresh and local strategy and goes to the heart of what consumers have told us is important to them.”

The store’s local products include Louisiana Cajun Land Brand products and Occhipinti Gourmet Foods line, featuring spiced green beans and baby corn, olive oils and expanded offerings of stuffed olives.

To celebrate the grand reopening, Winn-Dixie will host a series of celebrations throughout October that include live cooking demonstrations, “local flavor” food tastings, live entertainment, raffles, giveaways and more.

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Navarro Discount Pharmacies inks deal with Sona

BY Antoinette Alexander

MIAMI Navarro Discount Pharmacies, which operates 28 stores in Miami, has partnered with Sona to provide point-of-sale reporting to all suppliers.

The program will be presented to vendors and suppliers at the Vendor Summit on Oct. 8 hosted by Navarro.

"As a Hispanic-centric retailer, we are committed to understanding our customers and their buying needs within every market we serve; in turn, our partnership with Sona will give our suppliers the tools needed to unlock the potential of this underserved market. We want our vendors to know and understand ‘Hispanic’ at the same level we do," stated Jose Alvarez, VP merchandising.

Sona provides a Web-based dashboard-driven data management solution.

Suppliers will have the ability to look into each category and understand what the key sales drivers are for the category. Custom product hierarchies and store clusters will enable suppliers to view the data in ways that are designed to maximize insights and drive sales. Suppliers also will have the opportunity to review how their products influence the shopper’s market basket.

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Bravado, The Bridge Direct to create Justin Bieber dolls

BY Allison Cerra

NEW YORK A world’s leading global music merchandising company and a global children’s consumer products sourcing and supply chain management company will team up to create an exclusive line of collectible dolls, singing dolls, toys and plush based on pop star Justin Bieber.

 

The Bridge Direct’s new Justin Bieber toy line will debut holiday 2010 with:

  • The JB Style collection figures for a suggested retail price of $17.99;
  • Justin Bieber music video collection singing figures for $27.99 that each "sing" a portion of one of Bieber’s most popular hit songs and come with fun accessories;
  • In-concert microphones ($14.99) that play two of Bieber’s hit songs with cool sound effects; and
  • The cuddly and collectible Signature Plush ($7.99).

 

 

"We’re thrilled to be working with Bravado to create authentic products that Justin’s millions of fans will surely love," said Jay Foreman, president and CEO of The Bridge. "My experience with celebrity-themed toys based on hugely popular musical artists like the Spice Girls, Britney Spears and Disney’s Hannah Montana has given me the ability to bring these must-have products to market for fans just in time for the holiday gift-giving season."

 

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