North Carolina Grocery Store Trends


groceries2There is a fresh food movement underway and the competition is getting tasty! One of the most dominant and well-known fresh food grocery store brands in the country is Whole Foods.  It’s in the middle of building 1,000 new stores. But it’s not the only trendy grocery store snapping up real estate in the Triangle.

Steve Schemm enjoys showing off The Fresh Market that opened just this month on University Drive in Durham, from the poinsettias near the front door to the meat market. “The back wall really sets us apart from a lot of our competition. We’ve got great seafood offerings, great meat offerings,” said Schemm. Schemm is Regional Director of Operations for Greensboro-based Fresh Market. On the same day he was opening the Durham store, a colleague was opening a store in Plantation, Florida. Schemm says soon, the grocer will be opening another store in Charlotte and a first one in Fayetteville. “We’re expanding across our entire footprint right now,” said Schemm.

The Fresh Market plans to open up to 25 stores this fiscal year, mostly in the southeast United States. Opening day at The Fresh Market was busy, as expected. A year ago, Food Lion, North Carolina’s largest grocery store chain sat in that exact spot. Food Lion’s lease reportedly ran out. But two years ago, the Salisbury-based company announced it was closing more than 100 underperforming stores.


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