The Vermont-based Healthy Living Market and Cafe announced today that it's planning a new store at the Wilton Mall, aiming to be open next winter.
The market will occupy the space left empty by the former J.C. Penney at the mall. The company says the store will be about 35,000 square feet. (For comparison: the new ShopRite being built in Albany will be 65,000 square feet.) The company says it's planning to hire about 140 people.
The company touts its store as "a one-stop destination for natural groceries, fresh organic and local produce, locally sourced meats and poultry, crusty artisan breads, a world of cheese, health and beauty products, a complete vitamin/supplement department, freshly prepared foods and a broad selection of microbrews and wine."
We hear from a Vermonter that Health Living is like a Whole Foods or Fresh Market, but with an emphasis on local food. We also hear that its nickname around Burlington is "Wealthy Living," because it does tend to be high-end.
This will be the company's second store. Its first opened in South Burlington 26 years ago. If you've ever been to that store, we'd love to hear about it.
Full press release after the jump.
photo: Flickr user NNECAPA
NATURAL FOODS MARKET WILL OCCUPY ANCHOR SPACE IN WILTON MALL
- Healthy Living Market and Café comes to Saratoga -
Saratoga Springs, NY -The anchor space at Saratoga Springs' Wilton Mall left vacant by J.C. Penney five years ago will be filled by Healthy Living Market and Cafe, a natural foods supermarket based in South Burlington, Vermont. Construction is scheduled to begin this summer and an opening date is tentatively set for mid-winter. The market will provide around 140 jobs to the Saratoga Springs community and bring a new level of culinary possibilities to the area.
Healthy Living Market and Café will occupy the approximately 35,000 square foot space and offer shoppers a one-stop destination for natural groceries, fresh organic and local produce, locally sourced meats and poultry, crusty artisan breads, a world of cheese, health and beauty products, a complete vitamin/supplement department, freshly prepared foods and a broad selection of microbrews and wine.
When looking to open a second location, Katy Lesser recognized a vibrant, growing community in Saratoga Springs. "We took a long time to find the ideal place for our second location," she explained. "The energy and spirit I see in Saratoga Springs matches the kind of environment we love to support; a community that's passionate about a certain quality of life, where good food and agriculture play important roles. We're anxious to begin partnerships with businesses and farmers, schools and organizations in the area, and start working to become part of the community."
Healthy Living offers a vast array of the best all natural, organic and local foods. The market at the Wilton Mall will include a Café for dining in or taking out, featuring an eclectic menu, made fresh daily, including vegetarian and vegan options for breakfast, lunch and dinner, and a full barista area for a wide variety of coffee and tea drinks. The Learning Center will offer cooking demonstrations, hands-on cooking classes, and community lectures that focus on wellness.
For more information on Healthy Living Market and Café, visit www.healthylivingmarket.com. Job inquiries can be directed to HR@healthylivingmarket.com after July 1st.
About Healthy Living Market and Cafe
Founded in 1986 in South Burlington, Vermont, Healthy Living Market and Cafe is Vermont's largest independently owned natural and organic food retailer. Family owned and operated by Katy Lesser CEO, her son Eli Lesser-Goldsmith acting COO, and daughter Nina Lesser-Goldsmith director of The Learning Center, Healthy Living has grown from a tiny health food store to a full-service supermarket, cafe and Learning Center with a staff of over 150. The company forged relationships with local farmers over 20 years ago, and has focused on local agriculture, helping farmers bring product to market. Memorable customer service, staff happiness and growth, and community outreach are major parts of the mission. The family first purchased a small health foods store in 1986 and over the last 26 years grew the store to a full-service market, café and learning center with a staff of 150 employees.
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