A DallasEats Preview!
We here at DallasEats have been very curious about Sunflower Farmers Market, a new chain of health, planet and budget-conscious grocery stores that just arrived in North Texas. Promising "Serious Food...Silly Prices", Sunflower's down-to-Earth mindset and no-frills esthetic (along with other cost-cutting measures) allow them to pass big savings on to the consumer. As detailed in the company's Mission Statement, Sunflower offers "Better-than-supermarket quality at better-than-supermarket prices". Sounds like a plan to us!
Late last week, I ventured north to visit the chain's first Metroplex outpost in Plano, and got a taste of what to expect when their Dallas location opens on Henderson Avenue next month. With two grown siblings and one Dad in tow, I explored the store from entrance to check-out, snapping pics and taking notes. Below are our group's impressions, in words and snapshots:
Picture #1: First of all, the store is called Newflower, not Sunflower. A friendly checker told us that this change was necessitated by the fact that a store in Fort Worth has already laid claim to the original name. A quick internet search turned up a small chain of vitamin stores called Sunflower Shoppe, There was no mention of a legal situation, so it may just be a move to avoid confusion in this part of the state.
Picture #2: The store is small, but packed full of merchandise. Along the perimeter are breads, meats and produce, with grocery and bulk items in the center. Wine & Beer and Health & Beauty cozy up cheek-to-cheek on the right-hand side (as you walk in).
Picture #3: Bulk snacks are a big player at Newflower. Free-standing displays held nibbles to satisfy just about any craving - trail mix, assorted pretzels, licorice in several flavors, wasabi peas and more. In the words of one group member, it was "nosherai heaven".
Picture #4: Instead of an "International Aisle", more free-standing displays held Asian and Italian ingredients ("Mama Mia" sign visible in rear).
Picture #5: The frozen seafood section held a wide selection but, frankly, was not very appealing.
Picture #6: On the other hand, we loved the fill-your-own-bear bulk honey station!
Additional Observations & Comments:
C&S: "Loved the large selection of Texas wines! Prices were low, as promised, however I had quality questions about several items. "
Rachel: "I saw a lot of brands I'd never heard of...but some I've also seen at Whole Foods. I also saw a lot of Texas gems."
David: "They're great, but Whole Foods would have an advantage in bakery and meats - not pricewise, but in selection and presentation. Staff seems like a very happy group!"
Dad: "I have no problem with the store as a whole, but the meat department leaves something to be desired. Also, I'd like it if the local products were labeled more clearly, like at Whole Foods."
And now it's your turn, folks:
Has anyone been to Newflower in Plano?
What did you think?