The Circuit City spot, closed at the end of 2009, held a Safeway until the mid-1990s.
Sumptuous cases of produce have become a Fresh Market hallmark.
Just two weeks after the artery-clogging opening of Cook-Out, word comes that another Greensboro-based food company plans to shake up Charlottesville.
Fresh Market, a fast-growing grocer that specializes in hard-to-find foods, plans to open in the dormant spot occupied for about a decade by Circuit City, which closed its store in the Albemarle Square Shopping Center on the eve of the bankruptcy, which eventually dissolved the electronics discounter.
While a Charlottesville location is not listed at the company's online list of 13 impending stores, the news came from a presentation to a local board with the power to review external building changes in certain high-profile areas. On Monday, April 2, the Fresh Market presentation was made to the Albemarle County Architectural Review Board, according to a person present.
If Fresh Market follows through with its plans for Central Virginia, which also include a store on Parham Road in Richmond (with another one planned for the Fan district), the move will mark a return of groceries to Albemarle Square which has, as of late, struggled with an unusually high percentage of open storefronts. Home to both the Northside Library and a large outpost of ACAC, the Atlantic Coast Athletic Club, Albemarle Square had a Safeway grocery store until the mid-1990s.
Monday's presentation was by Mark Ethun of Greensboro-based TFF Architects. A telephone message left with a representative of Fresh Market was returned by an individual who said that the company would have no comment until it has officially announced the store. In all, the company lists 128 stores open or announced stores across the Eastern half of the country.
–last updated 9:55am, Tuesday, April 3