Friday, July 18, 2014

The Fresh Market opening south Charlotte store

Specialty grocer The Fresh Market said Friday that it has signed a lease for a new store in south Charlotte, to be located in the Promenade on Providence shopping center.

The store is set to open in early 2015 at Ballantyne Commons Parkway and Providence Road. The Fresh Market currently has two stores in Charlotte, one on Pineville-Matthews Road and one on Providence Road.

If you feel like you've been reading a lot about The Fresh Market lately, that's probably because Charlotte Hornets rookie P.J. Hairston said he had an interesting encounter at one lately that led to a fellow athlete's DWI arrest in Hairston's car. From an Observer story:

"Charlotte Hornets rookie P.J. Hairston said he met Cleveland Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon at a Chapel Hill grocery store, which eventually led to Gordon driving Hairston’s Cadillac when he was arrested on a DWI charge in Raleigh.

According to Hairston, he switched cars with Gordon sometime Friday night, taking Gordon’s Mercedes. Gordon was arrested early Saturday morning.

'Me and Josh Gordon met at the Fresh Market in Chapel Hill,' Hairston said Thursday after a Hornets summer-league practice. “I walked there to get food and happened to run into him in there.'

'I am a football fan so I knew who he was. Right away, we started talking about football, basketball and we walked outside. He saw my car and asked me ‘What are you doing?’ He asked if I minded if we switched cars and we exchanged numbers and he was going to drive my car that night and bring it back to me.

'I said OK, and we switched cars. The rest of that is history.'"

So, welcome to Charlotte.


Read more here: http://www.charlotteobserver.com/2014/07/10/5035880/hornets-pj-hairston-chance-meeting.html#.U8kxe_ldXE0#storylink=cpy


4 comments:

Thomas Cardwell said...

Looking at the interactive map of the shopping center, unless another store is closing, process of elimination means that Harris Teeter is subleasing or transferred the lease of the old Lowes Foods to Fresh Market.

Bill said...

Thomas:

They're taking over the space that housed the Lowes Foods. I'm wondering if they're taking all of the space. It is much larger than either of the other Charlotte stores.

The HT is located across the street from the Promenade development.

Conan said...

What does the P.J. Hairston story have to do with anything? Your editor require a minimum number of words?
Fresh Market 3 (short) paragraphs, PJ 5 paragraphs!
C'mon man, that's really wrong and bordering on plagiarism!

Ely Portillo said...

Hi Conan, the PJ story has to do with The Fresh Market because that's where the unintentionally-funny car-switching incident happened. I guess you could call it plagiarism, of my own publication, explicitly noted in quotes and with a link back.