Questions for Bloom Store Manager

Here are a list of questions I came up with the other day. If anyone can think of anything else I might want to add please comment. I think I will be adding some questions from the reading I am doing and also include some questions about the ideas of grocery stores as gathering places and the relationship between public and private space.

1. When and where were you born?

2. How did you make your way to Williamsburg?]
3. How long have you been working for Bloom?
4. How did you get your job at Bloom?

5. Did you have any educational experiences that specifically prepared you for your work
in the grocery business?

6. How long has Bloom/ Food Lion been in Williamsburg?

7. How does the company conceive the difference between Food
Lion and Bloom?  Or, In your experience, what are the differences…
8. How have you seen grocery stores change in your experience as someone
in the industry?
9. A lot of people who study American communities have noticed a change
in key businesses like restraurants and grocerty stores from small
ommunity gathering places to larger, more impersonal places; in your
life experience do feel like you’ve noticed anything like that?
10. Is it something that Bloom takes into consideration? Does Bloom try to
do anything to resist the label of large, conventional supermarket?
11. Does Bloom do anything to encourage a sense of community among
shoppers and employees?
12. Does Bloom attempt to reach a specific type of customer?
13. How would you describe Bloom in comparison with other grocery stores? What makes Bloom different?
14. What makes Bloom different from say Trader Joe’s or Ukrops?
15. Are they catering to different customers? carrying different products?
16. Overall does Bloom have cheaper prices than other groceries? Do you consider Bloom a discount food store?
17. How does the distributional system for Bloom work? Where does the food come from?
18. Does Bloom carry local produce?
19. Does Bloom have any connection to local Williamsburg farms?
20. How do you keep such a large store organized and running? How is the hierarchy broken down?
21. How many employees work at Bloom? Full and part time?
22. What qualities does Bloom look for in an employee?
23. How long does the average employee work at Bloom?
24. Do most employees live in Williamsburg near the store?
25. What kind of benefits does Bloom offer to its employees?


The Williamsburg Documentary Project (WDP) strives to collect and preserve the rich past of Williamsburg, Virginia. By conducting oral history interviews, building physical and digital archives, and creating online exhibits, the WDP interprets Williamsburg’s recent past. The WDP works towards developing a better understanding of Williamsburg by bringing together individuals, local groups, Colonial Williamsburg, and the College of William & Mary.

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