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

June 16, 2011 03:40PM

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.

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]