Q: This past Dec. 22, the Naples News ran an article about a new Fresh Market store being opened at Eagle Creek shopping center in East Naples at the intersection of 41 and Collier Boulevard. Is this still in the works? Any opening date or location specified yet?
— Skip Hare, Naples
Q: Any more news on when Fresh Market will open in East Naples? I thought it was moving into the plaza where Staples is located, but I don’t see any signs of activity.
— Mary Leary, Naples
“An official opening date has yet to be set, but we are working towards fourth quarter of this year,” said Ryan Joyce of Kite Realty.
Staples took half of the space vacated by Winn-Dixie in late 2006, but the other half has remained vacant. The addition of Fresh Market in that remaining 25,575-square-foot space will return a grocery store to the shopping center.
Fresh Market’s only other store in Collier County is more than 12 miles north in Park Shore Plaza, 4129 U.S. 41 N. The new store on U.S. 41 East will be more than 7,500 square feet larger than this original store in Naples.
The 30-year-old North Carolina-based grocery chain operates 115 stores in more than 20 states, including more than 30 locations in Florida.
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