City leaders strive to keep Fresh City Market's doors open

Fresh City Market on Purdue University's campus is closing its doors in less than a month. The market is one of the only grocery stores currently on campus.

Posted: Dec. 29, 2017 11:36 PM
Updated: Dec. 30, 2017 10:00 PM

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) -- Fresh City Market on Purdue University's campus is closing its doors in less than a month. The market is one of the only grocery stores currently on campus.

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The decision comes right as three new high-rises are coming to the area. Now, city leaders are hoping to save it.

"It's really unfortunate because it's something that we need to hopefully be able to talk them out of," said West Lafayette Director of Development Erik Carlson.

Fresh City Market is officially closing its doors after only three years. The market sits right on Purdue's campus and has been a local favorite to many.

"I really like their section of organic goods," said TJ Valiant.

"They have really good sushi," said Jordon Bray.

"My first thought was, well is Caribou closing too because they're inside there," said Valiant. "And that made me really sad to hear that Caribou was closing because I love Caribou coffee."

The news has been disappointing to many. Especially to Flour Mill Bakery employees Jordon Bray and TJ Valiant.
"I was bummed," said Bray.

Bray and Valiant deliver about 100-200 fresh Flour Mill Bakery donuts daily to Fresh City Market.

"They're definitely one of our long term customers and it's sad to lose them," said Valiant.

Fresh City Market Co-Owner Jeff Maurer confirmed that the market is closing. But he couldn't give details out as to why.

"This is something that we feel has been very welcomed by the community," said Carlson. "By not only with the students at Purdue but by this neighborhood as well."

The market is one of the only grocery stores currently on campus, and with three new high-rises coming to the area, no grocery store nearby could be an issue.

"We're three semesters away from having 2,165 new beds within a three quarter mile radius of this facility," said Carlson.
Carlson said he's hoping he can save the market. If not, city leaders will start to look for a new grocery store willing to come to the area.

"The buildings that we have going up, only one third of the students are going to be able to have cars. And so they need to be able to get to a grocery store," said Carlson.

The store is expected to close by January 20th.

Fresh City Market is owned by the company SpartanNash. News 18 has reached out to the company multiple times but haven't heard back.

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