By Betty Lin-Fisher
Beacon Journal business writer
“Acme Fresh Market hopes to break ground in the spring for its newest store in 20 years and be open for business by next fall.
The grocery store received the final go-ahead from the city of Green recently.
“We’re excited that they’re coming,” said Green Mayor Dick Norton.
The approval process took a little longer than originally hoped, Norton said, but now that the project is ready to move forward, Norton said it will be “an extremely handsome store.”
The store will front Massillon Road at Graybill Road and will be part of the Heritage Crossings of Green development.
The store will be a “showcase” for Acme and includes a silo in its design, in homage to the family farmland the store is being built on, said Norton.
Acme officials traveled around the country for ideas to “debut for the city of Green and Acme 21 in 2013,” said Acme Executive Vice President Jim Trout.
The store will cover 75,000 square feet, which “gives us the amount of square footage where we can present the product a little differently than we have in some of our latest remodels,” Trout said. “This store will look different. … It will absolutely have some new bells and whistles that will really excite the customers.”
What the store will have is the largest produce department of any of the other 16 Acme stores, Trout said.
“People are trying to maintain a healthy lifestyle. In this store, we will have our largest assortment of fresh produce. That will trickle down to the other stores as well,” he said.
The store will also have the expected departments such as fresh seafood, prepared foods and deli, a Good Day Cafe, a bakery, a natural and organic products section and pharmacy.
In the adult beverage department, there will be a growler station, which is in several of the stores. It will have an assortment of fresh draft micro and imported beer…”