Retail Merchandiser - March/April 2017 - 56
Fresh Thyme is an Illinois-based natural and
organic specialty store that specializes in fresh
foods and produce.
FRESH THYME FARMERS MARKET
Fresh Thyme has opened 56 stores in less than three years and plans to open up to
17 more by the end of 2017. BY BIANCA HERRON
Chris Sherrell, CEO
Downers Grove, Ill.
lthough Fresh Thyme Farmers Market
is a mere three years old, the natural and
organic grocery store chain has already
opened 56 stores in 10 states in the last
two-and-a-half-years. In 2014, Chris Sherrell
launched Fresh Thyme in Downers Grove, Ill. The
company has since seen much rapid growth, employing 4,500 people and has plans to open up to 17
more stores before the end of the year.
"The timing has just been right for us," CEO
Sherrell says. "We set out to open roughly 50 or 60
stores in a seven-year time span. However, when we
really got into it we realized that this concept is the
future and the results have certainly continued to
prove that it is."
Fresh Thyme is a natural and organic specialty
store that specializes in fresh foods and produce.
According to Sherrell, the company's goal is to be