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Fresh Market officially cancels plans for Springfield

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The Fresh Market Inc. is no longer planning to open a Springfield store.

Carly Dennis of Brave Public Relations issued a statement to Springfield Business Journal this morning on behalf of Fresh Market officials.

“In May 2016, The Fresh Market announced the closure of all its Missouri stores. As a result, The Fresh Market will not be opening a new store in Springfield,” the statement reads.

The Greensboro, North Carolina-based chain announced in October 2015 it signed on to occupy 21,000 square feet of developer Brad Thessing and business partner Kevin Guffey’s $10 million, 100,000-square-foot Glenstone Marketplace LLC. After closing its stores in Missouri, Kansas, Iowa and Texas last year, Fresh Market officials were unclear on their plans for Springfield at 3333 S. Glenstone Ave.

Last week, Boulder, Colorado-based natural foods grocery chain Lucky’s Market announced it signed a lease at Glenstone Marketplace, all but ruling out The Fresh Market as a tenant in the same center. Fresh market officials could not be reached for comment at the time.

Currently, the 8-acre Glenstone Marketplace development site behind Target has steel framing for a portion of the retail center. SBJ has observed little construction activity in recent weeks.

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