Despite holdups caused by COVID-19 restrictions, the Redner’s Fresh Market is still planned to open in the Lewes area.
“Due to pandemic issues, construction and groundbreaking were obviously delayed,” said Eric White, Redner’s Markets director of marketing. “Our plans are to have the store open in 2021; however, as we experienced the past 10 months, delays could occur that are beyond our control. We remain committed to the store and development.”
The 49,000-square-foot Redner’s Fresh Market will be built near the corner of Route 9 and Nassau Commons Boulevard, on the eastern side of Fernmoor Homes’ large mixed-use Vineyards community.
In a previous interview, Gary Redner, chief operations officer, said his company’s fresh market stores offer much more than Redner’s other locations.
In produce, he said, there are more prepared cut fruits and vegetables, and fresh guacamole and salsa, among other things. He said there is also fresh-squeezed orange juice, grapefruit juice and lemonade, and kombucha is available on tap.
There is a more extensive bakery department, and the meat department offers a full-service case with gourmet burgers, sausages and other proteins. Redner’s Fresh Market will also have sushi and smoked wings, meat loaf and ribs.
“The whole atmosphere is a lot different than our other stores,” Redner said.
The plan also includes fuel pumps to coincide with Redner’s rewards program.
Redner’s Markets celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2020. Ryan Redner said his father cut the ribbon on the first two stores March 1, 1970. In addition to grocery stores, the company also operates 21 quick shops throughout Eastern Pennsylvania, Maryland and Delaware.