DETROIT (July 15, 2015) – Fresh Thyme Farmers Market has big plans in Detroit with stores opening in Troy, Rochester Hills and Northville on July 22nd. Each store will host separate grand opening celebrations, charitable donations and grocery giveaways! Fresh Thyme openings have become highly anticipated with eager fans of the natural- and healthy-focused grocery stores lining up by the hundreds before the doors open at 7 a.m.

The first 250 shoppers in line at each store will receive a free reusable shopping bag filled with $50 worth of healthy, natural groceries. Plan to arrive early as lines typically form several hours prior to the doors opening; some stores have seen enthusiastic shoppers camp in line overnight. Additionally, there will be fun family activities, live entertainment and food samplings all day long! Check the grand opening schedule below for the highlighted events at each store.

“Fresh Thyme is excited to be in the Detroit area,” said CEO Chris Sherrell. “The people in these communities are very proud of their local producers, and so is Fresh Thyme. We have been extremely pleased with the quality of produce and goods that we have sourced from within Michigan, and we look forward to building strong relationships with our local suppliers.”

Three Detroit area locations to serve you:

901 E. Big Beaver Road

Troy, MI 48083

2025 S. Rochester Road

Rochester Hills, MI 48037

15480 Sheldon Road

Northville, MI 48168

Fresh Thyme will be donating a total of $15,000 to local charitable organizations with the check presentations and ribbon-cutting ceremonies being held at 6:45 a.m. at each store: $5,000 to Dinosaur Hills Nature Preserve (Rochester Hills Store), $5,000 to Northville Historical Society (Northville store), and $2,500 each to Troy Foundation for Educational Excellence the upcoming Troy Dog Park (Troy store).

 

Grand Opening Schedule:

Wednesday, July 22
6:45 a.m. Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony/Community Partners Check Presentation (all stores)
7:00 a.m. Doors Open/Grocery Giveaway to First 250 Customers. Line up early to reserve your spot! (all stores)
9:00 a.m.-11 a.m. Live Fitness Classes (Boot Camp Class by The Rochester Gym @ Troy & Rochester Hills 9-9:30; Bikram Yoga @ Northville 9-11 a.m.)
9:00 a.m.-10 a.m. Store Scavenger Hunt (all stores)
11:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Graeter’s Ice Cream Truck with Free Samples! (11-1:30 at Troy; 2-4:30 at Rochester Hills)
11:00 a.m.-2 p.m. Live Music/Face Painting (all stores)
11:00 a.m.-3 p.m. Boar’s Head Hot Dog Cart (all stores)
5-7 p.m. Bell’s Brewery Tasting (Troy only)

Saturday, July 25
10:00 a.m.-2 p.m. Gardening & Painting Classes (Rochester Hills only)
11:00 a.m.-2 p.m. Balloon Animals (all stores)
11:00 a.m.-3 p.m. Boar’s Head Hot Dog Cart (all stores)
12:00 p.m.-3 p.m. Live Music (all stores)
Wednesday-Sunday Full of Sampling, Entertainment, Local Appearances, Giveaways & More!

About Fresh Thyme

Fresh Thyme Farmers Market is a full-service specialty retailer focusing on value-priced fresh, healthy, natural and organic offerings. It boasts an extensive produce department with organic and local fruits and vegetables, a natural meat department, healthy deli foods to go, bakery goods, 400 bulk food bins, dairy and frozen, and health supplement products. Fresh Thyme is scheduled to open 60 stores by 2019. Learn more at freshthyme.com. Keep in touch by liking us atfacebook.com/freshthymefarmersmarketsand following us at twitter.com/freshthymefm.

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