The Fresh Market grocery chain plans second Carmel location

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The Fresh Market grocery chain plans to open a store at 1392 S. Rangeline Road in Carmel. (Dave Lindquist photo)

Upscale grocery chain The Fresh Market intends to place a store in the former site of an Earth Fare store in Carmel’s Rangeline Crossing shopping center.

Bryan McCarthy, senior vice president of marketing and communications for Kite Realty Group, confirmed The Fresh Market’s plans at 1392 S. Rangeline Road. The 25,000-square-foot store will join an existing Fresh Market in Carmel at 2490 E. 146th St., or 4.5 miles to the north in the Cool Creek Commons shopping center.

Similar to Earth Fare, The Fresh Market is a North Carolina-based grocery chain. While Earth Fare specializes in organic and natural food, The Fresh Market is known for emphasizing a farmer’s market atmosphere in its stores.

Earth Fare closed its Carmel store, plus locations in Noblesville and Greenwood, in January 2020. The closures ended the chain’s 8-year presence in Indiana.

The Fresh Market entered the Indianapolis region in 2005 with its 146th Street store. A Meridian-Kessler store, 5415 N. College Ave., followed in 2008.

The Fresh Market’s logo is seen on a sign at 1392 S. Rangeline Road in Carmel. (Dave Lindquist photo)

A Fishers location of The Fresh Market, 9774 E. 116th St., was in business from 2013 to 2018. An Aldi store subsequently opened in that space.

In addition to its Indianapolis and Carmel locations The Fresh Market operates Indiana stores in Evansville and Fort Wayne.

Ray Berry, formerly a Southland Co. executive who oversaw 3,600 7-Eleven stores, opened the first The Fresh Market in 1982 in Greensboro, N.C. The chain has grown to 159 stores in 22 states.

Investment firm Apollo Global Management acquired The Fresh Market chain in 2016.

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8 thoughts on “The Fresh Market grocery chain plans second Carmel location

  1. This is great news for Carmel residents and for The Fresh Market. The Fresh Market is known for its “easy walking distance” policy for their shoppers and most locations are in or near where people live. The location is perfect and makes sense as the Rangeline Road corridor develops more residential spaces. Congratulations to The Fresh Market and good luck! Gary

  2. They have gone down hill since the pandemic. Prices of their meats increased more than any other store in the area and quality has gone down. They also have shortages of products they cook right in the store including bread & sweets. It doesn’t seem they have any management. Ps. Their other store is in Westfield not Carmel. IBJ please get the facts right.

    1. I’ve never found there to be a shortage of anything. If you don’t like the offerings or prices, there are a lot of other options for your budget. Negatively commenting untrue statements continues to spread negativity in our community.

      Keep your head up. Aldi, Walmart and Kroger are nearby for lower cost options.

  3. John, the store is north of 146th Street, so it is technically in Westfield, but it has a Carmel postal address and The Fresh Market refers to the location as its Carmel store.

    1. Carmel postal address? How silly! As if the post office wouldn’t deliver mail to them if it was addressed to Westfield.