BRADENTON - The Fresh Market's new Manatee Avenue store will open Aug. 15.
The company’s 29th store in the state of Florida is located at 6701 Manatee Ave. W.
“We are excited to open our store in Bradenton and to expand our reach in Florida,” 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.”
Doors will open at 8:00 a.m. on Aug. 15 and 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.
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The 25,300-square-foot store will include a bakery, a full service meat counter and a produce department with more than 400 items and a large organic selection.
The Fresh Market’s inviting atmosphere is reminiscent of old-world European markets, says 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.”
The new store is bringing approximately 90 new jobs to the area, most of which are being filled locally, company officials said.