Staff Report

Demolition has started in the Lithia Crossing Stein Mart anchored plaza for a Fresh Market grocery store. Six stores moved or closed from the plaza to make way for the new retailer expected by late 2013.

Fresh Market continues to grow its chain of specialty grocery stores with new locations in Naples and Brandon. The new Naples store will be located in the Eagle Creek shopping center at the intersection of Highway 41 and Highway 951. The new Brandon store will be located in the Lithia Crossing shopping center on Lithia-Pinecrest Rd., in Valrico. The stores will be the company’s 34th and 35th in the state.

“We are excited about our continued expansion in the South, and in Florida in particular,” said Randy Kelley, senior vice president 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, and to providing customers in the East Naples and Marco Island area, as well as Brandon and surrounding areas, with the same quality products and excellent customer service.”

The Fresh Market has built its reputation on being an extraordinary food destination store. “From bountiful produce and a full-service meat counter to convenient prepared foods and an in-store bakery,” said Craig Carlock, the company’s president and CEO, “customers will discover that our stores are committed to variety, freshness and value as well as superior customer service.”

Fresh Market was founded in 1982, The Fresh Market, Inc. (NASDAQ: TFM) is a specialty grocery retailer focused on providing high-quality products in a unique and inviting atmosphere with a high level of customer service. The company currently operates 129 stores in 25 states, primarily located in the Southeast, Midwest, Mid-Atlantic, and Northeast, with plans for continued expansion. For more information, please visit


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Kelly Wise Valdes has been writing for the Osprey Observer since 2008. She graduated in 1989 from Florida Southern College with a B.S. in Communications and enjoys writing and traveling. She currently resides in northern Hillsborough County with her husband, David. When not traveling and writing, Kelly and her husband enjoy spending time with their five grown children (as well as their grandchildren) that still keep them very busy.