The Fresh Market Announces Opening Date

See when the national health food chain will open its first NH market.

The Fresh Market has chosen Bedford as home to its first New Hampshire store, and the opening is not far off.

The national chain's newest location, in the refurbished and revamped Bedford Mall, is scheduled to open at 9 a.m. on Wednesday, June 27.

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.

“We are excited to open our store in Bedford and to expand our reach into New Hampshire,” 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.”

The new Bedford store will house over 21,300 square feet of culinary delights, including a bakery that produces 30 freshly baked breads and 14 different pie varieties daily, a full service meat counter with freshly ground beef, a wide selection of ready-to-serve entrées, fresh seafood delivered to the store several times per week, and more than 200 imported and domestic cheeses, as well as a bountiful produce department with more than 400 items and a large organic selection.

The 79 South River Road location will also feature the specialty grocer’s full-service philosophy, which incorporates "unparalleled product selection and expert customer service in an inviting atmosphere."

The Fresh Market boasts a team of friendly group of who pride themselves on providing the highest level of customer service to shoppers.

According to a company release: Team members can often be found offering cooking advice or sharing their favorite tips to help customers create the perfect meal.

The Fresh Market’s inviting atmosphere is reminiscent of old-world European markets, said Carlock.

“Our customers enjoy shopping in an environment that appeals to all the senses. The smell of freshly brewed coffee and bread right out of the oven, the sound of classical music, soft lighting with antique décor in an intimate setting, and the ability to select and taste fresh, high-quality products all work together to create surroundings where customers are encouraged to experience the food.”

Those interested in learning more about The Fresh Market can visit the company’s website at www.thefreshmarket.com and sign up for “Fresh Ideas,” the company’s weekly e-mail newsletter that includes specials as well as recipes and information about in-store events.

About The Fresh Market, Inc:

Founded in 1982, The Fresh Market, Inc. (NASDAQ: TFM) 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 116 stores in 21 states, located in the Southeast, Midwest, Mid-Atlantic, and Northeast, with plans for continued expansion throughout the country. The Fresh Market is an equal opportunity employer.  For more information, please visit www.thefreshmarket.com.

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Truman June 17, 2012 at 02:04 AM
Editor: Why do you call this a Health Food Chain? It's a gourmet grocery store. While they may have some organic produce, it is my experience with with this company that it is a high-end grocery - excellent cheeses, wine, meats, produce and lots of things you can't find anywhere else.
Gigi July 18, 2012 at 03:40 AM
I totally agree. This is a limited, upscale market with lots of drama but little substance. From my 3 experiences there, I have found that the employees work their department duties but have very limited knowledge of the product they are selling. All three times I have gotten the "deer in the headlights" to simple questions. They resort to computer printout for an ingredient list in the deli, but have no idea what it means if you ask if it is gluten free or restrictive for any diet. Considering the prices, you would think that there was at least some training involved. It is pretty though, if that is what you are looking for. I was very disappointed.


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