Fresh Market to open store in Riverside

The Fresh Market has signed a lease for a new location in Jacksonville, continuing to grow its chain of specialty grocery stores. The store, expected to open in 2014, will be located on Riverside Avenue at Stonewall Street, in the Shoppes on Riverside shopping center. The Fresh Market is a welcome addition to the stretch of Riverside Avenue between the Fuller Warren Bridge area, Brooklyn and Downtown, and will likely see a brisk trade from tenants in the development at the 220 Riverside apartment complex and at the luxury condominium Beacon Riverside, both Hallmark Partner projects.

The grocer is part of the Downtown Master Plan redevelopment project, which has a goal of making Downtown a destination for city residents. According to Karen Nasrallah, Redevelopment Manager for the Office of Economic Development, commercial real eastate developer Pope & Land promised to deliver a high quality organic grocer as part of the incentives for the project.

“This project is catalytic for this area,” said Nasrallah. “It does so much, not only for Brooklyn and Riverside, connecting them to Downtown, but it’s an amazing gateway up Forest; it makes it really attractive for development in LaVilla.”

Once opened, it will be the company’s 38th store in the state. Founded in 1982, The Fresh Market, Inc. is a specialty grocery retailer focused on providing high-quality products in a unique and inviting atmosphere with a high level of customer service. The company currently operates 151 stores in 26 states, primarily located in the Southeast, Midwest, Mid-Atlantic, Northeast, and West Coast, with plans for continued expansion throughout the country.

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