The Fresh Market – Midlothian, VA
As an Assistant Store Manager with The Fresh Market you will hold one of the most critical positions in our company. The Fresh Market is dedicated to… The Fresh Market
The Fresh Market – Midlothian, VA
As a Produce Clerk with The Fresh Market you will be responsible for working closely with Store Manager, Assistant Store Managers, and Produce… The Fresh Market
The Fresh Market – Richmond, VA
As the Assistant Produce Manager you will be responsible for working closely with Store Manager, Assistant Store Managers, and Produce Manager in… The Fresh Market
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Fresh Market has decent hours and a good work environment. My coworkers are friendly, and the benefits are decent. The work is easy compared to other companies, and the service oriented aspect is a welcome change for both employees and the customers.
Central management in Greensboro sometimes acts as if they have no clue as to the day to day operations of a store. They constantly add features and items without a clear idea of implementaion. Information that we need to function is slow or nonexistant. Planogram layouts for the cold case should be available by Sunday, so we can order properly, and so we can institute the change-overs by early Wednesday morning. Instead, we get the changes long after the store is opens on Wednesday. New programs and items are instituted without the needed supplies and items readily in place. Instead, we get the directive, and have to wait for the supplies to come in. New items are added to the production, but items that do not sell are not removed. We are required to make everything, and have little space to display it all.
Internal job opportunities are a joke. Most times, the job posting is proforma, because the store manager already has a candidate chosen, but has to go "through the process" to satisfy Greensboro. Internal candidates for other stores are not given opportunities to even interview for the job, and each store manager gets to make up the process as they feel. The process should be carved in stone, and every candidate should have an equal shot for the job, not just the SM"s favorite.
Advice to Management
Be more pro-active than re-active. I realize that some information, like the sandwich compliance tool, require sales data from Tuesday, but getting the information to me at 10 am doesn't help me at 6 am when I'm planning production. Make sure that food items are already at the warehouse to be delivered to the store BEFORE placing them on a planogram (which should be ready earlier than Wednesday). Store managers and department heads should be trained and actively encouraged to disseminate information to all levels of the store so that the rank and file understands and buys in. Finally, I encourage all the staff at the central office to get out and actually work in a store in the various departments to really understand the nuts and bolts of the operations. You are disconnected from the day to day activities and do not realize the complications you create when making grand changes with the stroke of a quill.