It has been heady times at Fresh Thyme Farmers’ Market. The chain is adding about 20 stores a year, expanding into new states throughout the Midwest and posting strong dou- ble-digit sales growth. It is also gaining traction with shop- pers, who see the chain as a more affordable option to other
natural and organic supermarket operations in the area.
Overall, not bad for any supermarket operation, especially in an
economy where many industry gurus say that growth opportunities
are limited for food stores and most retailers are hunkering down,
Oh, did we mention that Fresh Thyme did not exist three years ago?
That’s right, the Downers Grove, Ill.-based supermarket operation
was simply a glimmer in the eye of its founder, CEO and president,
industry veteran Chris Sherrell, just a few short years ago. Now, the
chain, according to Sherrell, is raking in more than $500 million in
annual sales. It is also adding stores in key metropolitan areas across
the Heartland—from Ohio to Nebraska—becoming a well-known
Fresh Thyme Farmers’ Market, Grocery Headquarters 2016 Natural/Organic Supermarket
Chain of the Year, is bringing natural and organic to the masses in the Midwest.
BY SETH MENDELSON
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