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32 | Progressive Grocer | Ahead of What's Next | September 2016 that; we believe that's one of the things that sets us apart." In terms of meat quality, "we do a very good job with Prime," Glei says. "We priced Prime at an exceptional level, and once customers try it, it creates a point of destination for them to come back. Once you have a Prime steak, you pretty much want to trade up to that type of retail price point." According to Stout, ribeyes, sirloins, filets and strips are all big sellers, especially during peak summer grilling sea- son, as well as boneless chops, ribs and kebabs, the last of which, with the arrival of warmer weather, "we bring to the center of the case and make a big show of [them], which makes a nice presentation," he says. On the seafood side, sushi, which Adkisson notes has been "a big win" for the Johnson City store, is prominently displayed in a grab-and-go case that's refreshed every 24 hours, with any product older than that promptly discarded. Souda Panyala, lead sushi chef and newly minted U.S. citizen, identifies shrimp tempura and spicy crab as the most popular varieties. "Her job knowledge and what she does is outstanding," enthuses Adkisson. "She's able to relay that job knowledge to our customers, educate them about sushi and create sales because of it." Beverage Stations Over in center store, one aisle is largely dominated by Nature's Market, the store's dedicated natural and organic section, in which a wide assortment of items is available, although the store also integrates some organic and natural products. Moving into the pet aisle, Glei notes the current trend toward grain-free pet foods, while the expanded detergent aisle has allowed for a larger assortment of SKUs, thereby enabling the categor y to perform "sub- stantially better" than in the original store. Perhaps the biggest draws in center store, however, Store of the Month Food City, Johnson City, Tenn. Continued on page 36 S ea worthy t he fresh seafood case at the Food City in Johnson City is a magnet for area shoppers. Get Your Seat at the Table for National Family Meals Month #familymealsmonth Contact Sue Borra at [email protected] for more info. Join the family meals movement and rally your staff and customers around the cause. Take advantage of the hundreds of turnkey tools and ideas at

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