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The Fresh Market Coming To Brandon, Lithia

The Fresh Market, a specialty grocery retail chain, is expanding into Brandon.

With a goal of providing high-quality products in a unique, inviting shopping atmosphere, The Fresh Market has plans to open a more than 18,000-square-feet location in the Lithia Crossing shopping center on Lithia-Pinecrest Road in Brandon in 2013.

The 7th Tampa Bay area location and 35th location in Florida, the Lithia Crossing grocery store will work as an anchor store to surrounding businesses such as Land and Sea Market, Cold Stone Creamery, Stein Mart and Panera Bread.

As The Fresh Market's broker representative for West Florida, Florida Retail Partners brokered the lease for the company's newest location. Kalyn Brandewie, founding partner with Florida Retail Partners, says the Brandon area was chosen because The Fresh Market believes their store will be a welcomed addition to the affluent community.

"We are excited about our continued expansion in the South, in Florida in particular," says Randy Kelley, senior VP of real estate and development for The Fresh Market. "We look forward to building on the success of our other Florida locations, where we have enjoyed a strong and loyal customer base."

Opened in Greensboro, N.C. in 1982, The Fresh Market now operates 129 stores in 25 states, focused on offering a variety of fresh, natural and organic groceries and prepared foods; each store includes a full-service butcher shop, bakery, delicatessen, produce section, fish market and floral stand.

"[Upon visiting,] customers will discover that our stores are committed to variety, freshness and value, as well as customer service," says Craig Carlock, The Fresh Market president and CEO.

The Fresh Market currently operates locations in St. Pete, Sarasota, Bradenton, Clearwater, Carrollwood and South Tampa.

Writer: Alexis Quinn Chamberlain
Source: Randy Kelley & Craig Carlock, The Fresh Market
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