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Fresh Market Coming to Bradenton

The upscale grocery chain focuses on prepared, gourmet-style foods, a wide selection of produce, wines, cheese and other high-end items. It will be the first in Bradenton.

Construction of a new Fresh Market is under way in the Northwest Promenade, at the corner of 67th Street and Manatee Avenue West.

“Fresh Markets is hoping for a mid-fall opening,” said Todd Mathes. “It will be upscale, to attract the higher incomes on or near the water.”

Mathes directs development for Benderson Development, a Manatee-based private company with investments in 34 states. The company builds new retail spaces, renovates existing shopping centers and develops hotels.

The store will include a bakery and what it describes as an “old-style butcher shop,” plus a seafood market. It will also feature a deli with prepared meals and platters and trays for self-catered events.

Fresh Markets focus on handmade, prepared foods that are upscale and come with a higher price. The markets also tend to have a large selection of wines, cheeses, fresh flowers and gourmet food items.

Benderson documents indicate that the average household income within three miles of the Fresh Market is $73,659. The new grocery will encompass 40,000 square feet at one end of the shopping center.

“It will be exactly like the Fresh Market on University” Parkway, Mathes said. “It’s an exciting redevelopment project.”

Fresh Market has announced on its website plans for the Bradenton store. It also allows the public to apply for jobs on its website, though the Bradenton openings are not yet listed. The company has not said how many people it plans to hire for the new grocery store.

The Fresh Market started in 1982 in Greensboro, North Carolina. There are now 110 stores in 21 states. Twenty-five are in Florida, with a Fresh Market opening a year ago in St. Petersburg. The new Bradenton store will be the second in the county, even though the University Parkway store is listed as a Sarasota location.

The shopping center at 67th Street and Manatee Avenue has a and a Sunni Bunni frozen yogurt store as well as other retail establishments. The Fresh Market takes over the space where Beef O'Bradys and The Good Earth, a natural foods store, were located.

danalark January 11, 2012 at 11:35 AM
You can also look up your local grocery store or online website Printapons and find a list of the best deals, and the sites will match sale items with coupons.
Marjorie R. Seldon January 11, 2012 at 04:17 PM
Brilliant, danalark, who knew? The University Park store was long listed on the company's Web site as having a University Park (Manatee County) location. Although University Park, home to a prestigious golf club and gated residential community, has its own ZIP code, it is still a neighborhood that is part of Bradenton, asserts Johanna Tucker, supervisor of the Braden River Post Office. I guess Fresh Market executives and their advertising agency liked the cachet of having a Sarasota store rather than two Bradenton stores. By next fall, they'll have their pastries and eat them too/two--at least in promotional pieces and online. Sunni (not Sunny) Bunni (not Bunny) has just opened two new franchises in Bradenton, N.W. This is great news for those who can afford their yummy (trust me here) fresh-yogurt based drinks and desserts, many of them organic, and, a number, like some residents of the area, "highly cultured." For some, like Ms. Tucker, those who disparage a municipality like Bradenton, which does have its detractors, are just, well "funni" (not her word or spelling). "Whatever," she says, dismissively. I say, "Be proud, Bradenton. Be very proud." And foodies, rejoice! (If Fresh Market opens here, can Whole Foods be far behind? 'Fraid so.)
Toni Whitt January 11, 2012 at 04:24 PM
Hi Marjorie, Thanks for the note. I will correct the spelling. And of course you are right, the company lists Fresh Market in Sarasota, but it is actually in Manatee County even if it is close to the county line.
John Peterman January 14, 2012 at 04:27 PM
Fresh Market is great, they provide a great product for foodies and excellent service in my experience. They're expanding all over Florida and good for them because companies like Trader Joes are too afraid of the Florida market and Whole Foods is very slow to expand and was very late in getting to the Florida market. Why these companies don't get that people in Florida like good food is beyond me.
Brandon Head August 10, 2012 at 04:23 PM
I am really looking forward to this. I seen this store when me and my mom went to Anna Marie island. I want to go there for organic food mostly. I found out by visiting 3 Twins Ice Cream that this store carries their ice cream and I want to go there for that. I like the fact that you can get gourmet coffee and drink it in the store. People with higher incomes shouldn't be the only ones that get good food though. Everyone deserves the right to good food!

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