A new Market Street store at 4706 North Midkiff Road in Midland, Texas, hosted a grand opening ceremony Wednesday to celebrate the store’s new look, features and offerings resulting from the renovation of a former Albertsons Market.
“We are thrilled to officially introduce our Midland guests to the Market Street experience and are confident it will change the way they think about an everyday grocery store,” said Robert Taylor, president of The United Family, which operates Market Street and Albertsons Market in Midland-Odessa. “This is the first store we’ve converted to a Market Street, so this grand opening is a testament to our dedicated team members and guests, who have demonstrated tremendous patience throughout this process.”
Market Street features a large selection of fresh-cut fruits and vegetables, including more than 100 organic options. The store also has an “Ask for a Taste” program in the produce department, which allows guests to sample any product before making a purchase.
In addition, the store has a full-service meat and seafood counter with experienced meat cutters on staff, featuring Prime Dry-Aged Beef. Market Street also features sushi made fresh in store daily. The deli has a large “grab-n-go” section with salads, specialty cheeses, tamales, pizza, fried chicken, panini and a variety of hot meal selections to serve at home or enjoy in the store’s dining area.
“Guests will enjoy the comprehensive offerings at Market Street, as well as some of the unique features not available in traditional grocery stores, such as in-store dining,” said Wes Jackson, chief merchandising officer for The United Family. “We have teams in every department committed to ensuring we can meet our guests’ every need.”
Market Street offers a concierge service, which is available to assist guests with party planning, catering and custom gift baskets. Other notable store changes are evident in the expanded full-service bakery, in-store dining space, Starbucks coffee, expanded wine and beer section, bulk foods section and an extensive selection of gluten-free items both in the Living Well section and throughout the store.
Guests will continue to see shelf tags featuring “healthy attributes” that identify products in 10 different categories, such as low sodium, heart-healthy, organic and gluten free, as well as the company’s “Dietitian’s Top Pick” program. Shelf tags also include the NuVal Nutritional Scoring System, which rates the nutritional value of foods throughout the store on a scale of one to 100. The United Family was the first supermarket chain in Texas to adopt this system. Unique to Market Street stores, guests also have the option to join a free store tour hosted by a registered dietitian.
“Market Street is one of the few grocery stores in the state that has registered dietitians, who are helping guests try to balance busy schedules while still raising healthy families,” said Robin Hawkins, director of health and wellness for The United Family. “Guests can take advantage of our in-store tours that focus on different diet and health needs in addition to other resources to help guests make healthy choices at checkout.”