Fresh Thyme Farmers Markets plans 60 stores in five years
Chicago — Fresh Thyme Farmers Markets, a new specialty grocer format featuring value-priced healthy and organic offerings, announced Wednesday that it plans to open over 60 stores and create approximately 5,000 new jobs throughout the Midwest over the next five years. The company’s first store will open in Mt. Prospect, Ill., this spring, followed by eight more grand openings, spread out between Illinois, Indiana and Ohio, throughout the remainder of this year. The retailer will enter Michigan, Missouri, Wisconsin and Minnesota in 2015.
"Fresh Thyme Farmers Markets will be a completely new grocery format for the Midwest," stated Chris Sherrell, president and CEO, Fresh Thyme Farmers Markets, and formerly CEO of Sunflower Farmers Market. "We’ve taken the experience of an outdoor farmers market and combined it with the convenience of a full-service grocery store. Shoppers will enjoy value priced natural and organic items throughout our store, making healthy food more attainable to the masses."
The heart of Fresh Thyme Farmers Markets’ 28,000-sq.-ft. stores will be produce, including locally sourced and organic fruits and vegetables. Additional features will include some 400 bins of natural and organic bulk items and small batch locally roasted premium coffee beans, a butcher shop featuring all-natural handmade sausage made daily in store, offering over a dozen varieties, and a Hops & Grapes department with an expansive selection of wine and local craft beers. Stores will carry more than 7,000 varieties of vitamins, supplements and natural body care products
For a complete list of the company’s store rollout, go to http://www.freshthyme.com/our-stores
Mall at Partridge Creek names marketing director
Clinton Township, Mich. — The Mall at Partridge Creek, in the Detroit, metropolitan region, has named Melissa Morang marketing and sponsorship director. Morang will develop public programs, events and community relations for the center.
Morang returns to metro Detroit after spending the past year in the Grand Rapids area working in Meijer’s corporate office on marketing strategies for the retailers soft lines division.
The Mall at Partridge Creek is Morang’s second tour with Taubman, which owns and operates the center. She served as marketing and sponsorship director for Taubman’s Great Lakes Crossing Outlets for seven years through 2012.
Wasabi opens on 7th Avenue in NYC’s Garment District
New York — Wasabi, a London-based sushi and bento chain, has opened a two-floor 3,400-sq.-ft. store at 561 Seventh Avenue in New York City. Ripco Realty represented the landlord, Handler Real Estate Organization in the transaction. CWM represented the tenant.
The flagship space is Wasabi’s first branch in the United States. With 36 locations in the United Kingdom, the chain plans to expand throughout Manhattan over the next 18 months.