By Elaine Omann
Cory Weissman is the new store manager at Baymeadows Winn Dixie near Interstate 295N. His past experiences in other Winn Dixie store locations and prototypes over the last nine years have provided an excellent fit for this concept store. He worked in two of the kosher Winn Dixie stores and has experience in operations and training development within the state of Florida.
Weissman earned a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Colorado. He and his wife and three children are enjoying the move here from South Florida locations, Naples and Marco Island, and now live near the World Golf Village.
- What are some of the reasons you are now at this store?
I have been relocated by Winn Dixie for previous opportunities with the company and now to this one. The previous store manager did a fantastic job and we will continue to build on what is working. The team is fantastic and it is the people that make a difference. It is a lot of fun and I want to continue to do some more fun stuff!
- What visions do you have for more store and community involvement?
I plan to continue with the monthly calendars of themes and events that had been in place. Events are on the back of weekly store flyers and calendars get handed out at the registers. They can also be found on the website where there is also a place to make comments or suggestions. There are bingo, flower workshops, and other special product and tasting. events. These events bring in more community and are fun for families.
The store continues to have the red chips earned from sales to place in the community fund raising bins. We celebrate events happening the community and the center.
- Could you share a few innovations or changes customers can anticipate?
There are three ideas being worked on to be in place in the near future.
One is a big push to develop more catering services. We have excellent food, beverages, and floral, which we plan to offer to our clients. Catering is steadily increasing. A second is e-com with online ordering and service delivery at the front curb of the store. This is becoming more in demand and a successful service for our customers. And, the third one, which is in planning and development, is a Sip and Shop where customers will be able to order beverages including wine and beer to enjoy with their shopping experience.
- With all the new traffic is there consideration for creating easier access and exit?
It is a concern brought to our store’s attention and to other stores in the center. It is being looked at for possible solutions by the property management.
- Could you tell the readers something they might be surprised to know about you?
I am an avid golfer, but do not have much time with work and three children aged 14, seven, and four. I like to volunteer with my daughter in soup kitchens. What may surprise people the most is that I am a handyman and like to fix things. I like to problem solve and do the repairs!
Photo courtesy Cory Weissman