Johnson City will have its own The Fresh Market on Jan. 4, when the grocery store officially opens its doors to the public at 9 a.m.
At the grand opening, activities will include chef demonstrations, food sampling throughout the store and drawings for The Fresh Market gift cards. A reusable shopping bag and sample-sized bag of the company’s gourmet coffee will be free to the first 1,000 customers.
The 21,700-square-foot Johnson City store is the chain’s seventh store in Tennessee.
Site work began on the project in mid-May, after the Johnson City Commission voted at that time to rezone the 5 acres at the corner of West Market Street and North State of Franklin Road from MS-1 (medical services) to PB (planned business).
The rezoning also made way for two new sit-down restaurants, totaling 6,750 square feet, and a specialty retail store of 3,915 square feet.
The store brought about 90 new jobs to the area, most of which the company said would be filled locally.
Inside the store, customers can expect to find a bakery, a full-service meat counter, ready-to-serve entrees, fresh seafood, important and domestic cheeses, and a large produce department, according to the company.
“We are excited to open our store in Johnson City and to expand our reach in Tennessee,” said Craig Carlock, the company’s president and chief executive officer.
“We look forward to introducing The Fresh Market’s concept of quality perishables, excellent customer service and a unique atmosphere to an expanded customer base, and we look forward to offering neighboring communities a rewarding new food shopping experience.”
Founded in 1982, The Fresh Market Inc. is a specialty grocery retailer that currently operates 110 stores in 21 states, located in the Southeast, Midwest, Mid-Atlantic, and Northeast, with plans for continued expansion throughout the country.
For more information, visit www.thefreshmarket.com.
The company’s stock closed on Thursday at $41.57 per share, down 92 cents or 2.17 percent.