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Romeoville Company Partners With Fresh Thyme Grocery Store

Fresh Thyme has plans to open in Joliet, Naperville, Mount Prospect.

Credit: File photo
Credit: File photo
KeHE Distributors of Romeoville has signed on as a wholesaler for a natural grocery store chain with several locations opening in Illinois.

PR Newswire reported that KeHE has entered into a distribution agreement with Fresh Thyme Market, a new grocery chain set to to open a Mount Prospect location in April and a Joliet location by the end of the year.

According to PR Newswire, the deal includes all planned Fresh Thyme locations and numerous product categories. 

"What Fresh Thyme is bringing to the Midwest is a retail grocery model with a proven track record. Their seasoned leadership team and well-conceived store design concept make Fresh Thyme perfectly positioned to capture the attention of shoppers," KeHE's EVP of Independent Retail Sales Greg Leonard said.

Joliet Mayor Tom Giarrante said he has met several times with Fresh Thyme reps, who say, "if Whole Foods married Trader Joe's and had a baby, it would be Fresh Thyme."

The chain reportedly plans to open 60 stores in the Midwest over the next five years, including locations in Downers Grove and Naperville in 2015.


The Other Christine March 24, 2014 at 09:19 PM
So, Romeoville gets no new grocery store of their own, but more truck traffic to support good grocery stores in surrounding towns. Also glad Romeoville has built so many trucking depots but hasn't been able to finish road work in the Weber/Renwick area. Awesome town to drive through every morning due to truck traffic. (I wish there was a font for sarcasm.)
Rville1978 March 25, 2014 at 10:33 AM
The only reason Fresh Thyme is going to Joliet is because the owner of that shopping center almost gave it away to get them in there. That center has changed users multiple times now. And its near a major mall and roadway plus an interchange. They are only planning THREE in all of Chicagoland right now and all of them are in existing centers in communities wuth a population of more than 80,000.
Rville1978 March 25, 2014 at 10:38 AM
As for the extra busuness at KeHe foods that is great! They are one of the area's best and biggest employers. Careers at KeHe are just that and they pay much better than a grocery store. Would you prefer to not have the headquarters of the nation's largest speciality food provider in your community?
Rville1978 March 25, 2014 at 10:40 AM
The road work on Weber is a Will County Highway Department project. Not a Romeoville project. Please check your facts before posting.
The Other Christine March 25, 2014 at 11:36 PM
A: No. I'm not happy that there's another warehouse in Romeoville. 2: Yes, I would prefer a grocery store that would benefit the community. Purple: Will County project... that doesn't change the FACT that there is an increase in truck traffic with no added value to the people that live in Romeoville. Thank for playing, thou.

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