Sorry, Grapevine. You probably won’t be getting a Central Market or H-E-B in that former Sun Fresh Market.
Central Market said Tuesday that it likely will sell or lease the former Sun Fresh (and Tom Thumb) site at Texas 121 and Hall-Johnson Road as it announced that it will add two Central Market stores at former Sun Fresh locations in Dallas.
In a statement, Central Market said it will add a store at Midway Road and Northwest Highway in Dallas next fall, and another at McKinney and Lemmon avenues in the Uptown neighborhood. The company does not have a firm opening date for that store.
Meanwhile, it plans to dispose of the other four Sun Fresh stores it acquired from RLS, which owned Sun Fresh, earlier this year. The company said the locations were always being evaluated for its Central Market format. But there was also speculation that the company might open an H-E-B store there, since it has been buying up real estate and opening stores in other suburbs.
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“We purchased the entire package of properties in order to acquire the Midway Road and McKinney and Lemmon Avenue locations,” said Mabrie Jackson, director of public affairs at Central Market, in a statement. “We have since sold the Mockingbird Lane and Abrams Road location to Lincoln Properties and plans for the remaining three stores are still under evaluation, however, these will likely be sold or leased to other retail tenants.”
Sun Fresh acquired the six stores from Albertsons and Safeway, the parent of Tom Thumb, before they merged. Another former Sun Fresh Market, on Harwood Road in Bedford, is being converted into a Fiesta Mart.