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SEP 2016

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36 | Progressive Grocer | Ahead of What's Next | September 2016 are the store's growler station and brand-new wine section, since, at the time of PG 's visit, wine sales in Tennessee supermarkets had become legal only the month before. "We actually had things set up that were a little over-spaced in the snack foods and some of those areas in anticipation" of the new law, explains Glei, adding that by the end of the year the company will have reset upwards of 70 stores in the state to make room for wine. Despite its newness, the section, known as the Vinery, offers an impressive array of product. Growler Lead Bill Phillips, who also oversees wine, identifies Food City "favorite" Quail Oak — which the chain developed in partnership with a major winery — among the section's big sellers. As for shoppers' level of wine knowledge, Phillips notes, "We have some that are very informed; a lot of the others are still trying to find the wine they like." To help the latter type of consumer, Glei says: "We've come up with some wayfinding that's fairly simple; we worked with some of our suppliers, came up with this fun little phonetic way to say [the name of the varietal] and then some of the things that you might find about the wine," including flavor notes and appropriate pairings. e overall theme is "explore, experience, enjoy," he observes, "because we think that's the journey many of our customers in Tennessee are going on, now that they can see wine every time they go to the grocery store." One minor snag is that stores in Tennessee can't hold free in-store tastings — yet. "ere is a path toward that," notes Glei. "We're going to pursue it." Beer, meanwhile, has been big business at the Johnson City store since day one, especially craft brews. "Over half of our cold beer case is dedicated towards craft," says Adkisson, indicating the product, which is naturally behind glass doors. "e domestic still does very well for us, but craft beer is booming. I think Millennials drive a lot of that. We're fortunate to be in an area with a lot of microbreweries — we've got one here in town, Yee Haw Brewing. We've got them in all of our Food City locations. Of course, we have them on tap here, too." As well as Yee Haw Dunkel, in-demand on-tap quaffs hail from nearby Asheville, N.C., Store of the Month Food City, Johnson City, Tenn. Continued from page 32 Nature' S way Shoppers in search of organic and natural products can find what they need in the Nature's Market aisle. Sale S o N ta P Growler l ead Bryan "Doogie" Barbrey shows how it's done at the Johnson City store's Brew House, where craft beers reign supreme. t he domestic still does very well for us, but craft beer is booming. I think Millennials drive a lot of that." —Derek a dkisson, store manager

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