Texas grocer Central Market turned salad bars and hot bars into packaged food displays during the pandemic.
Source: Central Market
Grocery stores have shut down self-serve salad bars during the pandemic. They’ve taken away displays of fresh olives and dips. And they’ve replaced giant kettles of ready-to-ladle hot soup with sealed to-go containers.
The deli and prepared food areas that used to draw traffic to stores and differentiate grocers have fallen from favor as customers worry about the spread of the coronavirus, cook more from scratch and try to limit their time in stores.
Grocers are trying to revive those parts of the store with new approaches. At Publix, salad bars and hot bars have…