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.