628 Green Valley Rd #500
Greensboro, NC, 27408 United States
Russell 2000 (June 2014)
When it comes to food, fresh is best. The Fresh Market operates about 160 full-service upscale specialty grocery stores in some 25 US states, from Florida to Wisconsin. As the name suggests, the chain specializes in perishable goods (two-thirds of sales), including fruits and vegetables, meat, and seafood. The stores average 21,000 square feet, about a third to half the size of a conventional supermarket. However, customers won't find the nonfood items sold in most grocery stores these days, such as cleaning and cooking supplies. Founded by husband-and-wife team Ray and Beverly Berry, who opened their first store in 1982, The Fresh Market, which went public in 2010, is expanding in the Southeast.