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Inside Bulloch Business with DeWayne Grice - Food World to unveil Fair Rd. store changes
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DeWayne Grice

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        Food World just completed a $1 million renovation of its grocery store on Fair Road in Statesboro. The announcement was made Monday by HAC, Inc., Food World's parent company.
        To show off their renovated store, HAC and Food World invite their customers and the community to come out Wednesday at 9:30 a.m. and see the changes first hand. The Statesboro-Bulloch Chamber of Commerce and community leaders will be on hand to help them cut the ribbon.
        The renovations include exciting new amenities for customers. The store now offers a cut fruit bar, bulk food bins, a probiotics department, a cheese island, a soup and salad bar, a fresh sandwich case, and a natural and organic department.
        Additionally, expansions were made to the floral selection, bakery and frozen food departments, hot foods, deli service and beer cave. Customers can also find new self-checkout lanes, remodeled restrooms and coupled with a new décor package throughout the store.
        "We listened to our customers and made changes in the areas where they suggested we needed to upgrade," said Darryl Fitzgerald, chief executive officer for HAC, Inc. "The capital we invested in this store underscores our confidence in the growth potential of this location. The upgrades keep the store fresh and the shopping experience pleasant, which are both very important to strengthening the relationship with the Statesboro community."
        A new fan of Food World is Whitney Gregory, an A.S.P.A certified personal trainer at 180 Fitness, who also has a Bachelors from GSU in nutrition and food science.
        "I never shopped at Food World until I learned about the changes," she said. "I can't believe we finally have these options in Statesboro. I love the bulk foods featuring organic grains, the selection of breads and organics in the freezer sections and canned beans that are already cooked. On my first visit to the store one of the managers approached me and asked me if there was anything else that I would like to see them carry. I gave them several suggestions and to my surprise on my next visit they had the items on the shelf."
        From my first encounter with HAC back in February, I was impressed with the responsiveness of the company's leadership and its early commitments to our community.
        My positive impression continued in May when they made the transition from Harvey's to Food World. Fitzgerald personally came to Statesboro to meet with community leaders, employees and customers. During that visit, Fitzgerald and Phil Payment, vice president of Marketing and Merchandising for HAC, Inc., asked for patience while they continued the transition and evaluations of the market.
        It has been a transition with a few bumps, but through it they have kept in constant contact with me, other key members of the community and most importantly their customers seeking feedback and offering explanation of challenges and issues throughout the transition.
        What I am equally as excited about is their genuine commitment to our community. They have joined the Chamber and become active in many local projects already. When you attend a GSU game you will see them featured prominently in Paulson Stadium as the "official grocery store of GSU Athletics."
        As business editor of the Statesboro Herald, I have the opportunity to correspond with new business looking to enter the market. I want to emphasize again how rare it is for a company this size to enter a market and be as responsive as they have been.
        Please email DeWayne at dgrice@statesboroherald.com or give him a call at (912) 489-9499.

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