“In Gillette, we have the space to bring all of our fresh foods in one area of the store. That space is exciting; it’s theater. The MarketSquare allows the consumer to enjoy a great shopping experience,” said Durante.
New for Gillette, the mezze bar features Mediterranean foods that can be added to a wrap. Spires said it fits in nicely with consumers' desire for healthy food, particularly given recent news coverage of the benefits of the Mediterranean diet.
A grain exchange makes up the other side of the mezze bar.
The Flower Boutique, located in the center of the store, combines a floral department with a gift shop.
Customers can enjoy fresh-made meals like hand rolled sushi at the store’s Inspiration Café, which offers free Wi-Fi.
The International Cheese Shop carries over 300 types of gourmet, hand-sliced cheeses. “We excel in cheeses,” said Spires.
The European-style patisserie case. The store also offers oven-baked, sliced-to-order breads.
“The store has an expanded offering in all our departments of natural and organic. And the organic numbers are just off the charts. There’s just a pent up demand and the customers are really responding to it,” said Spires.