ST. LOUIS — Fresh Thyme Farmers Market has signed a lease for 30,000 square feet at City Foundry in Midtown.
The store will feature a produce department, natural meats, deli foods, bakery, bulk foods, dairy and health supplements when it opens in the fall of 2020, the company said in a statement. The location marks the seventh store in the St. Louis area for the Chicago-based grocery chain, which will occupy a former distribution center for Tomboy grocery stores at City Foundry.
“Fresh Thyme is passionate about improving the wellbeing of our communities through healthy food, which perfectly complements the vision of the project to support active lifestyles, celebrate culinary experiences and foster the creation of a vibrant community," Fresh Thyme CEO Chris Sherrell said in a statement.
Steve Smith, principal owner of City Foundry and CEO of Lawrence Group that is developing the project, said Fresh Thyme was a "strategic addition" and helps to make City Foundry a neighborhood anchor.
“Adding Fresh Thyme to the tenant mix is exciting for many reasons,” Smith said in a statement. “Convenient access to fresh, affordable food is one of the most important assets of any neighborhood. It was a major goal of ours to offer this to the community.”
In April, City Foundry said a new event space concept by Butler's Pantry, a new office lease for Great Rivers Greenway and five new food vendors would also occupy the development when it opens. Those tenants joined already committed entertainment offerings Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, Punch Bowl Social and Fassler Hall.
City Foundry is a mixed-use development at the former Century Electric Co. foundry complex at Forest Park and Spring avenues. Smith, the principal owner of City Foundry, and his Lawrence Group are leading the multi-million dollar project that includes a $210 million first phase of 122,000 square feet of restaurant and entertainment space, 105,000 square feet of retail and 107,000 square feet of office space.
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