Fresh Thyme Farmers Markets Announces 23 Stores in Aggressive Midwest Rollout Plan of 60+ Locations and Creation of 5,000 Jobs in Five Years

CHICAGO (February 19, 2014) – Fresh Thyme Farmers Markets, a new specialty grocer featuring healthy and organic value-priced offerings, announced today 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, Ill., 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,” stated Chris Sherrell, President and CEO Fresh Thyme Farmers Markets, “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,” added Sherrell. “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:

  • Over 400 bins of natural and organic bulk items and small batch locally roasted premium coffee beans
  • A butcher shop featuring all-natural handmade sausage made daily in store, offering over a dozen varieties
  • Specialty items such as gluten-free and dairy-free products
  • A full dairy section, which sources local Midwest items
  • Fresh Thyme Kitchen featuring healthy prepared salads and meals as well as a full salad bar, made-to-order sandwiches and a bakery featuring artisan breads
  • Aisles of nutritious groceries and convenient healthy frozen foods
  • Hops & Grapes department with an expansive selection of wine and local craft beers
  • Over 7,000 varieties of vitamins, supplements and natural body care products

“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 announces 23 of the 60 locations to open in the Midwest:

Illinois

Spring 2014
211 W. Rand Road
Mt. Prospect, IL 60056
Summer 2014
35 Waukegan Road
Deerfield, IL 60015
Opening 2015
6567 N. Illinois St.
Fairview Heights, IL 62208
Opening 2015
321 Ogden Ave.
Downers Grove, IL 60515
Opening 2015
Naperville, IL
Opening 2015
Joliet, IL

Indiana

Summer 2014
8750 U.S. Highway 31
Indianapolis, IN 46227
Summer 2014
4225 East 82nd St.
Indianapolis, IN 46250
Fall 2014
282 S. Creasy Lane
Lafayette, IN 47905
Summer 2014
4310 Coldwater Road
Ft. Wayne, IN 46805
Opening 2015
2342 W. 86th St.
Indianapolis, IN 46260

Michigan

Opening 2015
940 Trowbridge Road
East Lansing, MI 48823

Minnesota

Opening 2015
8005 Penn Ave. S.
Bloomington, MN 55431

Missouri

Opening 2015
10798 Manchester Road
Kirkwood, MO 63122
Opening 2015
Ballwin, MO

Ohio

Summer 2014
6700 Sawmill Road
Columbus, OH 43235
Fall 2014
11349 Montgomery Road
Cincinnati, OH 45249
Fall 2014
3321 Alamo Ave.
Cincinnati, OH 45209
Opening 2015
4341 Feedwire Road
Centerville, OH 45440
Opening 2015
2015 Centre Drive
Fairborn, OH 45324
Opening 2016 Worthington
Columbus, OH

Wisconsin

Opening 2015
Brookfield, WI
Opening 2015
Milwaukee, WI


About Fresh Thyme

 Fresh Thyme Farmers Markets is a new full-service specialty retailer focusing on fresh, healthy, natural and organic offerings, all at amazing values. The stores’ signature offering is an extensive produce department with organic and local fruits and vegetables. In addition, Fresh Thyme’s full-service offerings include a natural meat department, healthy deli foods to go, bakery goods, 400 bulk food bins, natural and organic groceries, dairy and frozen, as well as vitamins and body care products. Fresh Thyme will offer a NEW shopping experience to the Midwest, starting with the first store in Mount Prospect, Ill., opening spring of 2014, followed by 59 additional stores by 2019. You can learn more by visiting freshthyme.com, and be sure to keep in touch by liking us on Facebook and following us on Twitter.