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Ingles celebrates successful opening


Ingles Market opened its doors Oct. 11.

The supermarket chain moved operations from its current location in Farragut Towne Square to a 93,000-square-foot building.

“The grand opening went very smoothly. We’re very pleased with the results,” Ron Freeman, Ingles spokesman, said.

The store, one of the largest in the six-state grocery chain, includes “everything we currently offer,” Freeman said.

Ingles, with its expanded meat and produce areas, deli and bakery, is now a popular lunch destination for Farragut residents and businessmen and women.


The store site includes a four-bay carwash and gas station with convenience store, I Market.

“We’ve opened the store, and we’ve opened our I Market convenience store and fuel station, so we’ve been very pleased with it.

“We hope that the momentum we built on the opening weekend will keep going for us and for our customers on through the holidays,” Freeman said.

Despite the size of the store, Freeman said customers should expect no changes in Ingles’ business practices.

“We do these things often enough, hopefully we’ve got the program down pat,” Freeman said.

Ingles hired “a number of new employees since the store was so much bigger,” Freeman said.

The grocery has held several job fairs and “will continue that hiring and training process on up until we open and even afterwards,” he added.

Freeman said Farragut was chosen as home for one of the largest Ingles markets because of “the room there.”

“We had purchased that whole shopping center [Farragut Towne Square] a year or two ago. That gave us the ability to expand the store,” he said.

“It was a great opportunity for us to expand,” he added.

“We really like the Farragut market and all of our stores in Tennessee,” Freeman said.

Ingles is based out of Asheville, N.C.

Store manager Charles “C.D.” Pressley has said the store has everything a shopper could want.

“Nobody will have to go to Turkey Creek anymore,” he said in a previous interview with farragutpress.

Ingles continues to consider options for Farragut Towne Center and for what will replace the grocery’s former space.

“We’re looking at a few things but typically we don’t say much about that until we’ve actually started doing some work on them,” Freeman said.

For more information, visit www.ingles-market.com

 

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