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Fresh Thyme Farmers Market, Mount Prospect, Ill.

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There’s a new, farmers market-styled specialty grocer taking root in the Midwest: Fresh Thyme Farmers Market. With former Sunflower Farmers Market CEO Chris Sherrell at the helm, Fresh Thyme emphasizes organic foods and produce at value prices in a convenient neighborhood-store format. The company made its debut in April, in Mt. Prospect, Illinois, and went on to open six additional locations. A total of 60 stores are planned throughout the Midwest by 2019.

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Fresh Thyme’s signature offering is an extensive produce department with organic and local fruits and vegetables. Designed by api(+), Tampa, the store is simple and easy to navigate (footprints average between 24,000 and 28,000 sq. ft.). In line with its name, design elements and materials such as low-profile fixtures, cedar planking and reclaimed barn siding are woven into the environment to reflect traditional farmers markets. Saturated in both color and texture, Fresh Thyme is designed to provide Midwestern hoppers with a year-round farmers market experience — regardless of the weather.

Branding designer, concept designer, architect of record: api(+), Tampa, Florida

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