Frisco Fresh Market faces construction delays, pushes opening date to 2018

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The opening date for Frisco Fresh Market has been delayed by a year, but construction continues on the development.

Frisco Fresh Market, a 32.6-acre mixed-use development, was first announced in fall 2015 and was slated to open in spring 2017. However, because of delayed construction, the opening date has been pushed back to 2018. The development is being built on the northeast corner of Frisco Street and Main Street, next to Toyota Stadium and across from Frisco Square.

“[The delay] was due to typical construction interruptions, and if anything changes we need to submit those changes to the city and wait for their approval,” Frisco Fresh Market spokesperson Alis Bonda said. “So, there were a number of factors for the delay, but we’re on track for opening next year.”

The owner of the development is Frisco FM LLC, which is an entity created by developer USA Infrastructure Investments.

The development will encompass 600 apartment units that are under construction. Also under construction are two hotels: Holiday Inn Express and Candlewood Suites. The development will also include a third hotel, La Quinta Inn. The development includes two office buildings and four retail and restaurant buildings and will also have a 1-acre park.

However, the main attraction is the 70,000-square-foot farmers market. Bonda said. The market will have an outdoor market with space for 100 day-to-day vendors and an indoor market with specialty-food vendors and eight restaurants, which have not been announced.

The market will also have a wine-tasting facility.

The indoor market will encompass test kitchens for cooking classes and conference rooms.

The outdoor market is expected to open in the spring and the indoor market will open next summer.

The market is being designed to attract local farmers, artisans, crafters, chefs and artists, Bonda said. The market will provide local, fresh produce and entertainment.

The market is based on some of the most successful European and U.S. markets, such as Pike Place in Seattle, West Side Market in Cleveland, Ohio and La Boqueria in Barcelona, Spain, Bonda said.

“How this all started is we visited and looked at different farmers markets around the world, and we thought we needed something like this in North Dallas,” she said. “We took a look at these markets and why they were so popular.”

Bonda said what was similar about these markets was they have longer hours of operations.

“Something we’ve seen in the markets in the Dallas-Fort Worth area is they only stay open for a short amount of time on the weekends,” Bonda said. “We want to stay open longer for families to enjoy the market throughout the day.”

Hours of operation for Frisco Fresh Market will be Wednesday through Sunday, 9 a.m.-7 p.m. on weekdays and 9 a.m.-10 p.m. on weekends.

For information about vendors, visit www.facebook.com/friscofreshmarket.

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