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Fresh Market breaks ground in Latham

Everything about the plans for the new The Fresh Market in Latham is fresh,

from the produce that is to be sold to the meat and seafood that you will be

able to purchase at the exact size and piece you want. But even fresher is

the revitalization of a plaza whose empty storefronts and vacant lot have

left a hole in the heart of Latham for years.

Plans to fill that hole became a reality as Colonie town officials, leaders

of the Colonie and Albany-Colonie chambers of commerce, Assemblyman Bob

Reilly, D-Newtonville, and representatives from Benderson Development and

The Fresh Market gathered on Tuesday, Oct. 13, to break ground on the 58,000

square feet that are being demolished on the corner of Rt. 9 and Watervliet

Shaker Road for what will now be called The Fresh Market Commons.

The Fresh Market is a specialty grocery store, smaller than a traditional

grocery store, which offers many traditional and non-traditional products.

According to Drewry Sackett, a representative from The Fresh Market, the

store that is being constructed in Latham will feature fresh produce, an

old-fashioned candy section, seafood and meats, a fully-stocked bakery as

well as many other non-perishable items. The store will be self-service in

the sense that customers will be able to choose which piece of meat they

receive, he said.

Sackett explained that the difference between this store and a Trader Joe s

is that the majority of the foods are non-perishable and come with a variety

of brands, whereas Trader Joe s sells its own brand products.

Many community members were at first uneasy about the idea of The Fresh

Market because they would have preferred to see a Trader Joe s in town.

Bruce Roter, president of We Want Trader Joe s in the Capital District, or

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