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Fresh Thyme announces 23 stores in aggressive Midwest rollout

Fresh Thyme Farmers Markets, a new specialty grocer featuring healthy and organic value-priced offerings, announced the Midwest chain will open over 60 new stores and create approximately 5,000 new jobs throughout the Midwest over the next five years.

The company’s first market will open in Mt. Prospect, IL, this spring, followed by eight more grand openings throughout the remainder of this year.

 “Fresh Thyme Farmers Markets will be a completely new grocery format for the Midwest,” Chris Sherrell, president and chief executive officer of Fresh Thyme Farmers Markets, said in a press release. “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.

 “Our markets answer the Midwest’s demand for fresh, healthy, natural and organic food, all at great prices, in a convenient and inviting format,” Sherrell said. “We’re excited to bring the farmers market concept to the area and create 5,000 new jobs in the next five years.”      

The heart of Fresh Thyme Farmers Markets’ 28,000-square-foot stores will be bountiful produce, including locally sourced and organic fruits and vegetables all at incredible values. Additional features of the markets include more than 400 bins of natural and organic bulk items and the Fresh Thyme Kitchen featuring healthy prepared salads and meals as well as a full salad bar.

“We look forward to building longstanding community relationships and partnershipsthroughout the Midwest,” Sherrell said, “We’re grateful to have already received a very warm welcome and overwhelming enthusiasm from our communities.”

Fresh Thyme Farmers Markets announced the dates and locations of 23 of the 60 locations to open in the Midwest.