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09/09/2011

Central Market renovating Fort Worth store for 10th birthday

Central Market is planning a major renovation of its Fort Worth store to mark its 10th anniversary here in October.

Update: Here's the Star-Telegram's story from Oct. 15 on Central Market, mapping an expansion plan for DFW.

The renovation will emphasize live-theater in the preparation and sale of food. The renovation will include:

  • Doubling the size of the CM café by pushing the north wall out, taking in the seating area currently under an overhang.
  • Adding shaded space to the patio, with a covered 24 by 24 pavilion now under construction.
  • Replacing fixtures in the Chef’s case, tripling the hot food area and including a new made-to-order crepe station.
  • New in-store fresh-made pasta and mozzarella stations adjacent to the current cheese wall.
  • Makeover of the bulk products department, to include Vom Fass cask-aged vinegars and oils. Customers will be able to pour their own vinegars and oils directly from the cask into reusable bottles.
  • Fresh-baked bagels in house for the first time, using new equipment being installed.
  • Produce department expanded by relocating two existing, large refrigeration units. The store will give customers more room to manuever in produce, and do more cross-merchandising. A cherry pitter for sale next to the cherries, for example.
  • New checkout lanes. The staggered lanes will be replaced with one row of lanes.
  • New space added by pushing floral department wall eight feet toward checkout will allow for expansion of pet, baby, gluten-free, paper, and Asian products.
  • Makeover of playground.

Construction is underway on the outdoor pavilion. Austin Jourde, the general manager, expects construction on the various projects will go to Nov. 5, shut down for the holidays, resume in January, and be finished by February.

The store is adding 20-25 employees as part of the expansion and a broader ongoing new-store campaign by the company, Jourde said.

Central Market is planning a schedule of activities in October to celebrate its birthday. CM plans to make donations to the Texas Health Harris Methodist Foundation and the Lena Pope Home - CM and the Chapel Hill shopping center sit on land that Lena Pope opened up for development - as part of the celebration, Jourde said.

- Scott Nishimura

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