LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — It's a story we've been following for over a year, Needler's Fresh Market’s owner told News 18 the Lafayette location is officially opening in mid-April.
Many people remember a thriving Marsh Supermarket on Teal Road but for a year it has sat empty with a new sign that reads Needler's Fresh Market. Neighbors said they've been anticipating the store opening since the sign went up.
“I'm glad that they actually opened it cause I saw the sign but they didn't open,” said a neighbor who lives across the street. “I've really missed having a grocery store so convenient,” said another neighbor.
“We put the sign up a long time ago hoping that we were gonna open earlier,” said store owner Julie Needler Anderson. “We have some other stores that we needed to apply some resources to and we said, let's just wait until we have what we need to get this store where we want it.”
Needler's Fresh Market is an Ohio based grocer owned by Julie Needler Anderson and her brother Michael Needler. They bought 15 former Marsh Supermarkets after the company filed for bankruptcy in 2017.
Needler said "quality" is what kept this store from opening sooner.
“We don't want to open something and do anything halfway,” said Julie Anderson Needler. "We want to make sure that we had all of the elements in here that we really want and that the consumer wants."
One important element was hiring a leader who cares about the community. That's why Randy Winchester was the perfect store director candidate.
“Living in this community myself and being born in Lafayette, I'm really excited to be back in town,” said Winchester. "I've been managing a store in Indianapolis for a little over a year so I'm as excited as our customers are."
Winchester and his team have been working daily to get the store prepared for its opening day in April. He said this wait will all be worth it.
“Selecting the right products to fit the consumers and the community, bringing in some new products that a lot of our competitors don't have, it takes a little time,” said Winchester.
The store isn't only providing the community with a local grocer again but also jobs. Needler’s is hiring and you can apply here.