Fresh Thyme Market, a full-service specialty retailer with 70 stores in 10 states throughout the Midwest, will open a new concept store with a focus on the community and local products on Nov. 10 at the historic City Foundry in St. Louis. The 27,000-square-foot Fresh Thyme Market at City Foundry STL will feature a vast assortment of fresh, local, natural and organic food, as well as national brand products at affordable prices.
"We're thrilled to finally announce when we'll be opening our doors and welcoming the St. Louis community to our beautiful new flagship store," said store director Jane Wilcox. "Our team provides shoppers with an unparalleled grocery experience from the moment they walk in all the way through checkout. We're excited to make a positive impact in the community and look forward to showing shoppers what the Fresh Thyme Market at City Foundry STL store is all about."
The historic City Foundry of St. Louis was built with the intention to serve the community by providing local residents with accessible and affordable resources. Aligning seamlessly with Fresh Thyme's mission to support their local communities, Fresh Thyme Market at City Foundry STL is committed to offering more than 1,000 local artisan items, including Bridge Bread, Prioritized Pastries, Field to Fire, Patty's Cheesecake and Demiblue Natural Nails.
Fresh Thyme Market at City Foundry STL has partnered with local artist Grace McCammond to paint a mural of fresh colorful produce on the outside of the building, as shown in this rendering.
The retailer said that through easy-to-navigate shelves and reliably sourced products, Fresh Thyme Market at City Foundry STL strives to present a more thoughtful approach for all St. Louis shoppers to live healthier lives. The new flagship store has partnered with local artist Grace McCammond to paint a mural of fresh colorful produce on the outside of the building facing Forest Park. In addition, Fresh Thyme Market at City Foundry STL features a full-service café, offering breakfast, lunch and coffee concoctions; products from local, Black women-owned businesses; and a self-checkout model, allowing customers the ease of shopping at their own speed.
To further support and engage within the community, Fresh Thyme Market at City Foundry STL is partnering with the St. Louis Food Bank School Market Program. This partnership provides access and choice of real food to students and families to live better and healthier lives. This commitment within the community positively impacts over 1,000 families to further deepen the store's roots in the community they serve.
Fresh Thyme Market at City Foundry's commitment to local also includes its team. Wilcox, who is a St. Louis native, is hiring more than 70 full- and part-time employees to help operate the store, which will be open from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily.
Downers Grove, Illinois-based Fresh Thyme Market announced in July that it was partnering with RangeMe, an online product discovery and sourcing platform for retailers and suppliers, on its local sourcing initiative. With RangeMe, Fresh Thyme Market has access to more than 200,000 consumer packaged goods suppliers and can use RangeMe to streamline its search to find brands that fit the criteria for this initiative. Fresh Thyme Market can filter for products and suppliers that are local to the region and invites all manufacturers to submit their products for consideration through RangeMe.
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