Fresh Market, the upscale food store positioned literally and figuratively between Publix and Epicure, holds its grand opening Wednesday morning at 8:30 a.m.
The store, at 1800 West Ave., has been under construction for nearly 18 months (in fact, news of its construction was one of the first posts by the Belle Isle Blog).
What should you expect? An excellent produce section and meat market, lots of different gourmet coffee and bulk snacks — from raw cashews to to trail mixes and dried fruit and pretzels.
The wine section is large and varied, and Fresh Market is known for a large prepared food area, too — probably why Publix upgraded its selection down the street.
Price-wise, the North Carolina-based specialty grocer is a little more expensive than Publix, but cheaper than Epicure. It will be interesting to see how the competition responds.