Fresh Market to open in downtown Fort Lauderdale by year’s end

Fresh Market, an upscale grocery store, is slated to open on Federal Highway in downtown Fort Lauderdale at the site of a former bike shop and Dolph Map store, the Sun Sentinel reported. Currently under construction, it will serve downtown and the Victoria Park neighborhood.

The 20,000-square-foot grocery should be open by the end of the year, according to developer Charlie Ladd.

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Taxi tycoon and real estate investor Jesse Gaddis unloaded the property about a month ago to Fresh Market. The $10 million project will include a corner bank and restaurant.

“There was a huge need for the area,” Ladd said. “Victoria Park is more upscale, and there have been a lot of residences built downtown. The shopping has to follow the people.” [Sun Sentinel]