August 18, 2015
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Students from Walden Lake Early Learning Center toured Winn-Dixie No. 2435 and had the chance to scan products at check out.​

Grocery stores are a favorite field trip for children, giving them a chance to discover the world of store departments, watching the registers ring and seeing what store associates do every day to make sure their families get the food they want for mealtimes.

Winn-Dixie No. 2435 in Plant City, Florida, works with multiple local schools throughout the year, and associates are always glad to welcome students as they tour through the departments, learning something fun in each area.

`“They enjoy learning about produce they’ve never tried, scanning items at the cash register, decorating cupcakes,” said Henry Falcon, Winn-Dixie No. 2435 director. “We try to make it fun and educational for them.”

Students from Walden Lake Early Learning Center recently toured the store. One child returned to the store with his parents and wanted to show them what he learned during his school visit.

“When he and his mom got to checkout, the boy wanted to scan the groceries to show her that he could do it,” said Falcon. “We aim to give the kids an experience they won’t forget, so it’s wonderful when we see things like that happen.”

Associates from each department give the children an activity or demonstration. The young visitors get to try an assortment of fruits and vegetables in the produce department, decorate a cupcake in the bakery and watch the meat cutter in the meat department. They can also go in the back to see boxes get crushed and tour the freezers. One department that is always a hit with the kids is seafood.

“We bring out a live lobster and let the students touch them,” said Falcon. “That’s always one of the best parts – it’s funny to watch the kids’ expressions and listen to their comments.”

Winn-Dixie No. 2435 is very involved in the Plant City community and works with many local organizations year-round. Falcon makes it a priority to build lasting partnerships, ultimately earning respect from customers.

“The relationships we cultivate through the schools and organizations not only help our community as a whole, they also help place Winn-Dixie in a positive light and develop customer loyalty,” said Falcon.

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The highlight of Winn-Dixie No. 2435's tour was the live lobster tank.

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Students from Walden Lake Early Learning Center took an educational field trip to Winn-Dixie No. 2435 in Plant City, Florida.

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While touring Winn-Dixie No. 2435, students had a chance to scan items at the checkout lines and to learn how to read labels.

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