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United Supermarkets’ upscale Market Street banner has become a welcome addition to the Dallas/Ft. Worth Metroplex food shopping scene. The Lubbock, Texas-based chain’s latest Market Street prototype opened in Flower Mound in December 2013, featuring a new design and shopping pattern in a smaller footprint.

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The Flower Mound store debuted Market Street’s new logo, a Texas grapefruit – the State Fruit of the Lone Star State – with a grapefruit spoon.

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The Flower Mound store debuted Market Street’s new logo, a Texas grapefruit – the State Fruit of the Lone Star State – with a grapefruit spoon.

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The biggest change in the Flower Mound Market Street is moving the Texas Fresh Produce department to the front of the store, says Kurt McMillan, regional vice president, (left), seen with Shannon Nix, general manager of the Flower Mound store.

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Rather than a linear aisle, the department has a boxy, boutique feel to it.

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United prides itself on stocking as many local produce items as possible. A sign at the beginning of the department lists the day’s count of state-grown items. During the summer it can go into the hundreds.

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Other signs introduce shoppers to their local growers.

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Company officials make it known that they personally visit each farm to make sure it meets United’s exacting standards.

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Market Street’s extensive floral department is also at the front of the store. The company employs a team of award-winning floral designers and is often THE go-to florist for special occasions, like weddings.

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In fact, Market Street is the go-to destinations for weddings in general. Many brides and their beaus stop at the Concierge counter at the front of the store where trained professionals will help them plan their special day, including flowers, custom-made wedding cakes, catering and even selecting the proper champagne and wine. The Concierge also plans other special events, including dinner parties and corporate functions. A kiosk at the front of the counter allows shoppers to pre-order deli items.

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One way Market Street sets itself apart from key competitors Kroger and Tom Thumb is by having a Peet’s Coffee & Tea counter, instead of the ubiquitous Starbucks found in their stores. New to the DFW market, Peet’s is big on the West Coast and is Oprah’s favorite coffee, McMillan notes.

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Adjacent to Peet’s is Libations – the first wine and beer bar in the Market Street chain. Many shoppers buy their lunch or dinner in the nearby Texas Kitchen prepared foods area, sit down and then enjoy it with a glass of wine or beer. State law prohibits alcohol from being consumed on the selling floor.

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Through a side door there is also outdoor seating under a breezeway.

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The breezeway leads to the back of the store where shoppers can also relax under a grove of ancient oak trees. The trees are being preserved as part of Flower Mound’s River Walk project, and are responsible for the store’s seven-year construction schedule and smaller footprint as the city fathers did not want to see them cut down.

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United officials agreed and decided to place seating under the trees so that their shoppers could also enjoy them.

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They also constructed a playground for the children.

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To the left of the Peet’s counter is an AFC Sushi bar.

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It has proven extremely popular with shoppers.

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And many of them give in to the “Temptation” roll!

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Adjacent to the Sushi bar is the Texas Kitchen prepared foods area.

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Texas Kitchen is known for its sandwiches...

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...and stone-oven pizzas...

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...but face it, what is a foodservice department in Texas without barbecue?

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Market Street offers a variety of smoked brisket, chicken, turkey breast, sausage and pork. They are smoked at United’s Praters Foods central kitchen out in Lubbock.

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However, the mouthwatering sides are made in-house.

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Opposite Texas Kitchen is Market Street’s salad bar.

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Company officials pride themselves that the salad bar often wins “best of” competitions in local magazines and newspapers, no small feat given that restaurants are also included.

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It is easy to see why Market Street has the best salad bar in town when you take one look at the Blue Cheese Iceberg Wedge salad.

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The homemade soups have also developed quite a following.

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A Mediterranean olive bar is also a popular feature.

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More than 200 varieties of cheese are featured in the service cheese department.

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The cheese department has a wheel appeal to it!

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Market Street’s Beer & Wine department is conveniently located across from cheese.

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The department specializes in a wide assortment of microbrew beers, including many from Texas.

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Next to Cheese is the Boar’s Head Deli counter.

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United officials tout the excellent quality of the Boar’s Head brand.

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The deli department leads into Bakery where up to a dozen artisan breads are baked from scratch daily.

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Brownies are also a Bakery department specialty...

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...as are cookies, such as Russian Tea Cookies – a melt-in-your-mouth pecan shortbread rolled in powdered sugar.

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A hallmark of the department is the Thumbprint cookies. The cookies are hand-rolled and cut and then the baker literally puts a thumb in the dough to make an indentation for the filling.

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Cakes are also big business at Market Street. A new trend is the Gender Reveal Cake, where the OBGYN secretly tells the baker the gender of the fetus. Pink or blue icing is then hidden in the cake’s interior to be revealed at the baby shower.

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Twelve months later the Mom returns to buy a Smash Cake, a small cake baked specifically for baby to play with on its first birthday so as not to ruin the big birthday cake the grownups are enjoying.

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The Seafood department is along the back wall.

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Seafood is supplied by Seattle Seafood out of Albuquerque, N.M.

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A specialty of the Seafood department is the house-made salmon jerky, a Market Street Signature product unique to the store available in Pineapple Mango, Cherry Habañero and Spicy Apple varieties.

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The service meat case is adjacent to seafood.

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A signature item of the department is the Texas Tumble chicken. Chicken breasts are placed in a vacuum tumbler that imparts the marinade deep into the muscle of the meat.

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Another Market Street exclusive is the Genuine Texas Beef – By Texans for Texans. It has proven to be a big hit in a store not more than 20 miles from Southfork.

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At Market Street the Frozen and Dairy departments are entirely behind glass doors.

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At Market Street the Frozen and Dairy departments are entirely behind glass doors.

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Many local brands are carried, such as Night Hawk frozen dinners, made in Texas for 50 years.

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And Kylito’s is one cool hot salsa!

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NuVal tags are used on grocery products to educate shoppers to select healthier items.

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Market Street prides itself on having the largest Gluten-Free selection in the entire DFW Metroplex.

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It is gluten-free as far as the eye can see!

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The grocery section also contains an extensive bulk foods department.

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Shoppers are allowed to select their own nuts, granola, cereal, candy and other items.

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They can even grind their own peanut butter.

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Urns are filled with local Texas honey, agave nectar, extra virgin olive oil and maple syrup.

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Because of its smaller size and area competition, this Market Street does not have a pharmacy, but it does have an extensive HBC selection, including many homeopathic and all-natural items.

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A popular – and fragrant – offering is the cut-to-order selection of Zum Bar goat’s milk soaps.

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Market Street is known for its Dish gift department.

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All items in Dish are hand-selected at trade and market shows.

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