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Fresh Thyme Farmers Market's CEO Chris Sherrell Outlines Expansion Plans and a New Market

Fresh Thyme Farmers Market's CEO Chris Sherrell Outlines Expansion Plans and a New Market

Tuesday, December 19th, 2017

Fresh Thyme Farmers Market is growing at a lightning-fast pace, and it appears the fresh-focused retailer has no plans of slowing down anytime soon. The company announced 10 new store openings slated for 2018 and noted that the retailer is also moving into its 10th state—Pennsylvania.

Chris Sherrell, Chief Executive Officer, Fresh Thyme Farmers Market"From acquisitions and mergers to shifting consumer habits, 2017 was marked by significant changes, and the grocery and food retail industries continue to be ever-evolving," said CEO Chris Sherrell in a press release. "We enjoy the challenge this brings and work hard to continuously improve our shopping experience."

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The Daily Herald reports that the additional nine store locations are planned for Evansville, Indiana, Ames, Iowa, and beyond. Since opening its doors in 2014, Fresh Thyme has built up a coalition of 66 locations throughout the Midwest, and has plans to hit a 150-store mark by the year 2020.

"As a three-years-young company, we're extremely proud of our 5,000 employees and the communities we serve throughout the Midwest," Sherrell continued. "Over the past year, we’ve made significant hires at the executive level, further developed our private label offerings, and continued to support the organizations that matter most to our communities. We’re excited for 2018 and all that is in store."

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2017 marked a number of changes for the retailer. Over the course of the year, Scott Schuette was promoted to Vice President of Produce, Carol Okamoto joined the company as Chief Financial Officer in March, and Mark Doiron was brought on as Chief Merchandising Officer. And just last month, Fresh Thyme also welcomed Dean Little as Chief Operations Officer, bringing 40 years of industry experience to the company. The following new roles were additionally highlighted in the company’s press release:

  • Amy Parker as Vice President of Marketing
  • Art Scott as Senior Director of Marketing
  • Kerry Clifford as a in-house registered dietitian
  • Meghan Sedivy as a in-house registered dietitian

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With stores in Wisconsin, Minnesota, Michigan, Missouri, Nebraska, Indiana, Illinois, Iowa, Ohio, and soon Pennsylvania, it seems the sky is the limit for Fresh Thyme.

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