The Fresh Market will start construction on its new Metairie grocery store and will open later this year.
Last week, a $1.9 million permit was issued for renovations on a 26,000 square-foot retail space at Wilshire Plaza Shopping Center, 755 Veterans Blvd. in Metairie. The Fresh Market renovation is part of a facelift for the entire shopping center, which also includes Rite Aid and Office Depot.
Fresh Market also operates stores in New Orleans on St. Charles Avenue and on North Causeway in Mandeville.
The new location will face plenty of competition, as Dorignac’s, Winn-Dixie, Whole Foods, and Rouses all also have stores along Veterans.
The Greensboro, North Carolina-based high-end grocer, has recently expanded to Louisiana, opening locations in Mandeville and in the former Borders bookstore on St. Charles Avenue (pictured above).
The Fresh Market was founded in 1982 and has more than 100 locations in 20 states. It also has stores in Baton Rouge and Lafayette, according to the chain’s website.
Wilshire Plaza Shopping Center was represented by Bill Haynes of Atlanta-based Victory Real Estate Investments on the deal.
J. Raymond Construction Corp. of Longwood, Florida, is the builder. The company has built numerous Fresh Market sites throughout Florida.