The Fresh Market to open store in Myrtle Beach next month

dbryant@thesunnews.comOctober 22, 2013 

JANET BLACKMON MORGAN — the sun news

— The Fresh Market will open its new store in Myrtle Beach on Nov. 13, the grocer said Tuesday.

The 21,300-square-foot store at 7747 N. Kings Highway in the Northwood Plaza Shopping Center will open at 8 a.m. with grand opening festivities including food samples and giveaways.

This will be The Fresh Market’s second Grand Strand location; the other is in Pawleys Island.

The addition is part of a changing lineup of grocery store options along the Grand Strand. Next year, Publix will open its first Grand Strand location in Coastal North Town Center, which is under construction in North Myrtle Beach, followed by its second location in Pawleys Island Plaza that will open in early 2015.

The Piggly Wiggly at 115 Willbrook Blvd. in Pawleys Island was sold last month and will become a Bi-Lo, though the timing of the switch hasn’t yet been announced.

Some Grand Strand residents are still pushing for big names such as Trader Joe’s and Whole Foods to open stores here.

Fresh Market stores aim to create the feel of open European style markets. The Myrtle Beach store will have a bakery with 30 baked breads and 14 pie varieties daily, a meat counter, more than 200 imported and domestic cheeses and a produce department that includes organic items.

“The Fresh Market’s inviting atmosphere is reminiscent of European markets,” Craig Carlock, the company’s president and CEO, said in a news release. “Our customers enjoy shopping in an environment that appeals to all the senses.”

The Myrtle Beach store created about 90 jobs.

The Greensboro, N.C.-based grocer was founded in 1982 and has 145 stores in 26 states.

Contact DAWN BRYANT at 626-0296 or at dbryant@thesunnews.com or follow her at Twitter.com/TSN_dawnbryant.

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