Food World reshapes itself

Published 12:48 am Saturday, February 7, 2009

Food World of Demopolis is going through a renovation in an effort to bring local shoppers inside.

Store manager Greg Chandler said the store has widened its aisles and put aisle breaks in the middle of the aisles to make for more comfortable shopping. One other attraction is everyday low prices on its meat selection.

“We are lowering our prices in our meat department,” he said. “Our whole mission is to make our meat department the central focus. It’s like it is on the plate: the customer starts with the meat department and they build the meal around that.

“We’re going to have everyday low prices. We’re going to be running T-bone steaks every day for $6.99.

“No longer will the customer see an ad for $6.99 this week and then maybe go up to $10.99, then go back,” he said. “They won’t have to stockpile; they will know they can come here and get a good quality meat at a good quality price.”

Chandler said that the meat pricing was not a promotion or something that will come and go.

“It’s going to become what we’re known for,” he said. “Customers won’t have to stock up this week because the prices are going to be the same thing next week.”

The store has been renovated elsewhere. All of the counters have been redone, and the store is restocking.

“We’ve opened our aisles, which should help,” Chandler said. “This particular store had the longer counters. We have cut into those counters and remerchandized them. We’ve done a lot of work in our bakery department, and our produce department has a new look.”

Chandler said the store didn’t eliminate a lot of items to make room for the new look, but rather, regrouped a lot of items.

“We laid the complete store out so it flows more for the customer,” he said. “We want to be a part of the community. We’re here to stay.”

Chandler came to Demopolis from Montgomery just one week ago. He is married to his wife, Peggy, and they have two grown children, Brian and Donnie.