Did anyone visit the new Fresh Market yet? What did you think? Maybe my expectations were too high, but I was disappointed. I liked the renovation of the space, but I wasn't overly impressed with the prices or variety of the stock.
On the positive side, the breads looked good and the baguette I got was pretty good for supermarket. They carry several local brands and claim to distribute these local brands to their other stores in the region (within a few hundred miles), which is nice. The prepared foods looked appetizing and smelled good. Meat and fish looked good, if expensive.
Not so positive: the cheese section is just terrible, especially for a supposedly more upscale store. Rouses has a better cheese department (regular Rouses, not even the special cheese section at the Baronne store). There is no bulk food other than candy, which is a shame. The produce looks really nice but it seemed far more expensive than Rouses or even Whole Foods. I think avocados were 2/$5? The wine section is uninspiring, consisting of very mainstream bottles and nothing at all interesting that I could see.
Based on my visit, I don't see Fresh Market becoming a must-visit for me. Definitely not worth a special trip if you don't live nearby.
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