Fresh Thyme Farmers Market took a step closer to opening at the Cadwell Corners Shopping Center Thursday when the Plan Commission gave its application a unanimous recommendation to the Village Board of Trustees.
When the Commission gave the market’s application for a special use permit—required of all grocery stores in the Village—a first look August 8, it had a number of questions as did some of the people living in the area.
“Fresh Thyme’s representatives were very thorough responding to the concerns of the Commission and the residents of the neighborhood,” Plan Commissioner Mary Oppenheim said. “We’re delighted to have a new business in the shopping center.”
At this time, specific date for consideration by the Village Board has not been set.
Fresh produce will be the mainstay of Fresh Thyme when it arrives in Deerfield. “Fresh Thyme Farmers Market will offer ‘healthy food at healthy values,’ making fresh and natural food more attainable for the masses,” the company said in its presentation materials. “An extensive ‘farmers market’ fresh produce department is the nucleus of the store.”
Initially proposing to be open from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. every day, the 32,309 square foot store will also offer fresh baked goods, deli food, natural meats and seafood, according to the company’s presentation.
Many of the fruits and vegetables will be organic and locally grown, according to a memo prepared by the Village. There will be a covered outdoor sales area spanning the length of the building.
The Phoenix based company was founded in 2012 and plans to open 50 stores in the Midwest over the next six years.
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