BAINBRIDGE ISLAND, Wash. — Central Market here kicked off Alaskan halibut season with a whole-fish promotion that put sales over the top. At $6.99 a pound for a whole fish, the chain sold 26,000 pounds of halibut from three stores in just six days. The price, of course, was the sales driver. Wild halibut filets regularly retail for $17.99 per pound and halibut steaks for $16.99 per pound. But customer service, something the company's seafood counters are well known for, was also key to the ...

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