Blue Fig International Market in Plano stocks groceries from around the world

Blue Fig International Market is increasing its inventory to appeal to more people. From left is cashier Alaa Alzarrad, owners Walid Radwan and Ziad Nowar, and store manager Ahmad Nasrallah. (Karen Chaney/Community Impact Newspaper)
Blue Fig International Market is increasing its inventory to appeal to more people. From left is cashier Alaa Alzarrad, owners Walid Radwan and Ziad Nowar, and store manager Ahmad Nasrallah. (Karen Chaney/Community Impact Newspaper)

Blue Fig International Market is increasing its inventory to appeal to more people. From left is cashier Alaa Alzarrad, owners Walid Radwan and Ziad Nowar, and store manager Ahmad Nasrallah. (Karen Chaney/Community Impact Newspaper)

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The produce section at Blue Fig International Market is stocked daily. (Karen Chaney/Community Impact Newspaper)
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Customers at Blue Fig International Market visit not only to shop for everyday groceries but also to reminisce. The store’s inventory is made up of items more often found in other countries, from Turkey to Russia to Pakistan.

“We have a lot of European chocolates that older Europeans come here to shop for,” owner Walid Radwan said. “It reminds them of their childhood.”

Radwan said he and his father-in-law, Ziad Nowar, opened Blue Fig International Market in Plano in December 2017. Walking through the store, customers will see items from different nations on the same aisle. In addition to daily produce deliveries, the market has a wide selection of sweets, cheeses, dried goods and deli meats.

The top-selling products are lamb and chicken, the pair said. The market’s meat selection is halal, which means it is prepared according to Muslim law. They stock Dorper lamb, which is equivalent to the quality of Angus beef, Radwan said.

“I’d rather be out of meat than sell something not up to our standards,” Nowar said.


Cheeses follow meats in the list of frequently purchased items.

“All nationalities eat cheese,” Nowar said. “Even if you don’t eat lamb or meat, you eat cheese.”

Rounding out the top-sellers list is the fresh pita bread that comes from Arlington-based Baklava Bakery.

The business owners enjoy seeing the mix of people who shop at their store.

“We love it when we see not only international people, but Americans,” Nowar said. “They come not on a weekly basis, but daily.”

Nowar and Radwan agree customer service is paramount, and they said they are pleased with the rapport they have built over the years.

Blue Fig International Market

4101 E. Park Blvd., Ste. 135, Plano

972-258-3344

www.bluefigmarket.com

Hours: 10 a.m.-9 p.m. daily


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