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Fresh Market pares stores; Fort Wayne location spared

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FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WPTA 21) -

The parent company of the Fresh Market chain of stores will close 15 locations in nine states -- including Indiana -- in an effort to shore up its business.

Officials announced the stores that will be affected on Monday. The list includes a Fresh Market location in Fishers, Ind., but does not mention the Fort Wayne store.

The move follows the elimination of 13 stores in 2016 in an earlier round of closures.

Since then, a top official with the North Carolina-based company said conditions have improved, while noting the need for more streamlining.

“Over the last eight months, our company has been executing a turnaround plan, and we’ve seen great progress,” said The Fresh Market CEO Larry Appel. “However, for a variety of reasons unique to each retail location, that progress is not evenly distributed and, as a result, we have decided to close these long-term, underperforming stores. We will work to relocate as many impacted employees as possible to other stores within our footprint.”

The company does not anticipate any additional closures for "the foreseeable future."

The Fresh Market was founded in 1982 and currently operates about 170 stores, including one in the 6300 block of Jefferson Blvd. in southwest Fort Wayne.

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