April 30, 2009
Grand Opening of New Village Market Set for This Weekend
If moving into an entirely new storefront weren’t stressful enough, the owners of the Village Market in Memphis witnessed the urgency of their transition into their new facility on the west edge of town appear right in front of their faces as a fire leveled their former building on March 18th.
The blaze expedited a move that had been planned for later in July. But Leon and Janet Fox will host their grand opening of the new Village Market on Friday, May 1st and Saturday, May 2nd at the former site of The Fabius Restaurant.
The process began just days after the fire destroyed the former site. Janet said the family was overwhelmed by the number of people that helped make the transition go so smoothly.
The family had purchased the building in February and had envisioned a more gradual transition into the new, larger facility. But the accident made the move necessary a few months earlier.
With nearly double the floor space of the former building, the new Village Market will offer expanded lines of both bulk foods and salvaged food items. The store’s cooler and freezer space has also more than doubled. A new addition to the store will be a deli.
The move involved transitioning the storefront to a new eastern entrance, complete with a wood accented storefront and new doors. A portion of the parking lot on the east side of the facility now features a cement parking surface. The new addition will offer a unique setting for the store’s plants and other outdoor sales items.
While the store will be opening on Friday, the owners noted that new ideas will be implemented in an ongoing process throughout the first couple of months. One possibility is a “coffee corner” for patrons to enjoy a drink and the company of friends.
One change already announced was expanded hours on Friday evenings, with the store planning to remain open until 7:00 p.m.
The grand opening will feature a number of sale specials.
“We truly appreciate our customers for supporting us during this time, and we hope to see them all again at the new store,” said Janet Fox. “We can not thank people enough for all of the help and the kind deeds done for us since the fire.”