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Fresh Market grocery store headed to Fort Worth’s WestBend project

The Fresh Market, a North Carolina-based grocery chain, will open in early 2015 in the WestBend development on University Drive, the developer said Tuesday. The shopping and office development will also add a Grimaldi’s Coal Brick-Oven Pizzeria.

The Fresh Market will be a 21,000-square-foot European-style market on the project’s southeast corner, according to developer Trademark Property Co. in Fort Worth. It will go on the first floor of an 81,500-square-foot building that will soon be under construction. A parking garage was razed to accommodate the building, which will also feature a trail-side cafe and 57,650 square feet of office space.

The WestBend location will be Grimaldi’s first Fort Worth store. The 3,950-square-foot restaurant will be along the Trinity River and include a large trail-side patio and a roll-up door to create an indoor/outdoor bar area. The restaurant is known for its fresh ingredients, handmade mozzarella, secret recipe dough and pizza sauce.

In North Texas, the chain has four locations in the Dallas area and one in Grapevine.

“The Fresh Market and Grimaldi’s will be great additions to WestBend and the University District,” Trademark CEO Terry Montesi said in a statement. “The strong sales at University Park Village across the street have created tremendous pent-up demand for additional retail space.”

A traffic light will be added as part of the expansion to improve traffic flow and connect WestBend directly with University Park Village, Trademark said.

The Fresh Market, founded in 1982, operates 144 stores in 26 states. The company has announced plans to open two stores in the Dallas area and one in Southlake.

When completed next year, WestBend will have 95,000 square feet of retail and dining, and 183,000 square feet of office space.