Fresh Thyme Farmers Market prepares to open in GR next week

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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – A new produce market is about to hit the Grand Rapids scene.

The Fresh Thyme Farmers Market is opening their doors to the public next Wednesday, February 24th. Director of stores Bruce VanOverloop says their fresh fruits and vegetables will sell at a competitive price, with the thought that people shouldn’t have to burn through their pocketbooks for quality produce. He says that their location near Breton Road SE and Burton Street SE was chosen because it’s a high traffic area and the demographics around it are fitting.

Over 100 full- and part-time positions have been filled, but VanOverloop says that they’re looking for a few more part-time employees. Those interested should go to their career page on their website.

At their grand opening, they will be giving away free groceries to the first 250 customers who visit. Their doors open at 7 AM.

 

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4 comments

  • Walter

    Fresh Thyme = Meijer
    They try to keep it quiet, but it is a Meijer project aimed at competing with Trader Joe’s and Whole Foods. But unlike those places, you will be buying regular Meijer groceries repackaged to look like premium products and paying premium prices for the illusion.

    Remember when Meijer used to be an industry leader and innovator? Now they just follow the latest fad and try (in vain) to keep up by cutting as many corners as possible. I guess we now know where the business talent in that family was.

      • Andrew

        I am less concerned about their leadership and more concerned about their corporate ethics, but I see your point. Fred and Hank are obviously two very different people. It should be recalled though that when Fred took over from Hendrik he nearly put the business under as well.