Savvy shoppers have been staking out Fort Worth’s Town Talk Foods this week, waiting to see what might show up at the discount grocer after ice and snow wiped out a good part of last week for anybody selling food and Super Bowl T-shirts.
Town Talk’s owner, Tom Potthoff, bought 500 cases of unsold deli party trays from one manufacturer early this week. Priced at $4.99 and $6.99, it didn’t take shoppers long to find the trays, which feature different arrays of ham, salami, cheeses, crackers, dips, vegetables, and fruit.
“We had a big run yesterday,” Potthoff, whose store is at 121 N. Beach St., said Wednesday. “We had a slew of folks.”
From another manufacturer, he took in a large offering of tortilla and potato chips Monday, and more Tuesday.
“I had one person call me about some cheeses,” Potfhoff said. “I don’t know for sure if that’s going to happen.”
He got an offer from somebody else for Pittsburgh Steelers championship T-shirts.
“They didn’t win, and they wanted too much money for them,” said Potthoff, who bit on a large offering of Texas Longhorns merchandise after the UT football team won the national title a few years ago.
As far as unsold inventory from restaurants or caterers, it’s “a little early” to tell what he might be offered, Potthoff said. Restaurants typically return unsold goods to their suppliers, which may put them back in inventory, Potthoff said.
“I think people are trying to figure out where they are inventories right now,” Potthoff said, who expects more offers coming in as early as this week.
If the trends hold from last Super Bowls, he expects to be offered Super Bowl-themed cups and Steelers or Green Bay Packers logo napkins.
“We could have Super Bowl trash cans tomorrow, I just don’t know,” he said.