The Fresh Market

The Fresh Market – Why Work For Us?


The Fresh Market was founded in 1982 with one simple goal in mind: to bring friends, family and neighbors high-quality products in a warm and friendly, old-world European atmosphere. Today, we continue to serve our customers and our communities as a true neighborhood market and an extraordinary food destination store.

Every location employs a team of friendly, well-trained professionals who pride themselves on creating a special experience for our customers. Each one of us plays an important role in providing personal service within a setting that inspires the imagination and delights the senses.

That could mean offering cooking advice, helping plan the perfect meal, or sharing samples of our deli meats, specialty cheeses, produce or gourmet baked goods. Everything we do centers on engaging our customers in an approachable way that is genuinely attentive to their needs. Our company was founded to help connect people to their food and to one another.

Working at The Fresh Market means being part of something special, being part of a family that is passionate about the work we do. It means belonging to an organization characterized by quality, respect, accountability and professionalism. We nurture a culture of success where people are encouraged to be at their best in bringing our brand to life for our customers.

You will find that The Fresh Market strives to be a place where you can dream, grow and achieve your professional and personal goals; a place where you are empowered to work hard and express your individuality as you help to create an experience that is as unique as you are.


The Fresh Market is committed to being an active part of the communities where we do business. Our employees enthusiastically support local organizations that are important to our communities and our customers. Through daily food donations, sponsoring local community events, and supporting our National Charitable Partners, our stores are committed to making community relations an integral part of our business.

Feeding Our Neighbors

All of our stores provide regular donations to local food banks. In 2012, our stores donated more than $13.8 million worth of food. In 2013, that number surpassed $16.4 million.

Connecting with Communities

With a quarterly budget for in-kind donations, our stores engage in a variety of fun and creative fundraising efforts and partnerships with local nonprofit (501c3) organizations. In 2013, our stores made over $500,000 worth of in-kind donations to support local community organizations.

Helping Our Neighbors in Need

In 2013, our stores raised over $440,000 for the American Red Cross to help those affected by countless crises around the world each year.

In 2009 and 2010, we sponsored and built a Habitat for Humanity home for a family in Greensboro, North Carolina, where our company is headquartered.

National Charitable Partners:

Share Our Strength® - No Kid Hungry® Campaign 
The Fresh Market is a proud partner of Share Our Strength®, a national nonprofit, committed to ending childhood hunger in America by connecting children with the nutritious food they need to lead healthy, active lives. Through its No Kid Hungry® Campaign - a national effort to end childhood hunger in America by 2015 - Share Our Strength ensures children in need are enrolled in effective federal nutrition programs; invests in community organizations fighting hunger; teaches families how to cook healthy, affordable meals; and builds public-private partnerships to end childhood hunger, at the state and city level.

Since The Fresh Market’s inaugural “Cupcakes for a Cause" fundraising event in 2013, The Fresh Market has raised over $336,000 for No Kid Hungry. Visit to get involved.

Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation
The Fresh Market is proud of its longstanding partnership with JDRF, the leading global funder of type 1 diabetes (T1D) research. We support JDRF nationally in a variety of fundraising efforts throughout the year.

To date, we have raised nearly $4 million for JDRF and helped increase awareness for their work to create a world without T1D through our annual Sneaker and Sidewalk Sale and other fundraising events. In 2013, the Sidewalk Sale raised more than $640,000 for JDRF.

Learn more about JDRF by visiting


A career at The Fresh Market will help you make the most of your talent. We encourage you to read about the departments that interest you most, and learn what it's like to work here and what it takes to create The Fresh Market experience.

Bakery Department 

The Bakery Department is one of the most popular areas of The Fresh Market. We're also unique and different from what you may consider a retail Bakery. To learn more about our Bakery Department click here.

Bulk Department

Bulk bins at The Fresh Market are filled to the brim with deliciousness. From raw nuts to dried fruits and vegetables, from artisan granolas to chocolate-covered goodness, our selection has something for everyone.To learn more about our Bulk Department click here.

Coffee/Candy Department

Unique choices and familiar favorites combine to create The Fresh Market Coffee/Candy Department. There are always fresh-brewed coffees for our customers to sample and savor, as they browse our aromatic whole bean selection and adjacent candy aisles. To learn more about our Coffee/Candy Department click here.


The Fresh Market is headquartered in Greensboro, North Carolina. We're ideally located northwest of the city center, with easy accessibility to major freeways and the Greensboro airport. To learn more about our Corporate click here.

Deli Department

The Deli Department is truly the heart of The Fresh Market, articulating our signature brand of customer engagement. To learn more about our Deli Department click here.

Front End Department

The smiling faces of the Front End Department make a memorable impression on every customer of The Fresh Market. To learn more about our Front End Department click here.

Gift/Floral Department

Colorful and fragrant, whimsical and sentimental, The Fresh Market Gift/Floral Department fully captures the senses. To learn more about our Gift/Floral Department click here.

Grocery Department

There are literally thousands of grocery items available at The Fresh Market. Our shelves, dairy cases and freezers are filled with the best in gourmet goods and everyday items. To learn more about our Grocery Department click here.

Meat Department

The Fresh Market Meat Department harkens back to the days of the local butcher, when people could depend on purchasing top-quality beef, pork and poultry products. Some of our customers won't buy meat anywhere else. To learn more about our Meat Department click here.

Produce Department

The Produce Department is the largest and busiest department at The Fresh Market. Customers shop here because of our diverse selection and expert knowledge of the unique produce items we offer. To learn more about our Produce Department click here.

Seafood Department

The Seafood Department is reminiscent of seaside fish markets, where people gather to get the fresh catch as it comes in. To learn more about our Seafood Department click here.

Store Management

The Fresh Market relies on our Store Managers and Assistant Store Managers to serve as role models for employees in all departments. To learn more about our Store Management click here.


The Fresh Market was founded in 1982 on one simple idea - to provide quality products to our friends and neighbors in a friendly and inclusive environment. We realize that our dream could not have become a reality without the creative, diverse and dedicated individuals that make up our family.

Today, over 11,000 employees work with us at The Fresh Market. Each one of us brings our own unique perspective and outlook; our own special skills and talents. Our diversity is our strength in growing into new markets throughout the United States. It's also something that makes The Fresh Market a uniquely special, wonderfully different place to work.

An Inclusive Culture 

We know that nothing makes an experience more than the individuals with whom you share it. That’s why The Fresh Market remains focused on attracting a diverse group of individuals who are passionately committed and personally invested in creating a delightful, safe, warm, and inclusive environment for our employees and our customers.

As we grow and expand our family, we are determined to ensure that we provide our employees and customers an environment that demonstrates our core values of respect, integrity and empowerment. To remain steadfast to our principles we will continue to focus on creating an environment where individuals are encouraged to share ideas, embrace differences, and grow both professionally and personally.

We get immense satisfaction in helping others and creating the experience of heartfelt camaraderie and supportive relationships. The Fresh Market remains a place where all individuals are valued and appreciated.


With 150 plus stores and plans to add multiple new stores each year, we continue to expand our reach and share The Fresh Market experience with more people in more places than ever before.

We invite you to join us in building a lasting, fulfilling career in the location of your choice. Come be a part of our growth story.  And we’ll be a part of yours. 

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    The Fresh Market offers excellent opportunities for advancement both personally and professionally. The Fresh Market has provided the genuine opportunity for me to achieve many of my professional aspirations while leaving room to keep growing and improving. I could truly work many places, however I choose to have a career at The Fresh market. There is not a single portion of my professional journey here at The Fresh Market that I would change. There are very few companies like The Fresh Market where the CEO knows you on first name basis and can be engaging on a personal and professional level with genuine interest, candor and warmth.


    As with all companies focused on growth and expansion, The Fresh Market is still defining both what is today and what it will be in the future.

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    My advice to management is to remain cognizant of the feedback offered at all levels of the organization.

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The Fresh Market Interviews

Updated Dec 17, 2014
Updated Dec 17, 2014

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    Assistant Store Manager Interview

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    I applied online. The process took 1+ weekinterviewed at The Fresh Market.

    Interview Details

    Initially when I was hired, I applied for the position and heard from a recruiter the next day. We reviewed my work history, talked about pay and the job itself. There were questions that were behaviorally based. So they wanted me to "tell them about a time" something happened. I was familiar with this process and know how to tell a story. You tell what happened, how you resolved the issue or solved the issue and then what the outcome was.
    I then moved onto a District Manager interview which was set up for the next week and then an interview with the Regional Director. The District Manager interview was similar with behavioral questions being asked, he took about an hour and a half. The Regional Director interview was not very long maybe 45 minutes, he pretty much told me if the District Manager wanted to hire me then that would be what would happen.

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    • I am not sure there was a most difficult question asked, they all were very common items that I had dealt with in my career. Maybe the question about mobility, since I was not able to relocate right away since my partner was in law school. I thought for sure when I said I could not for 1-2 years that the door would shut but it did not.   Answer Question
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    Was pretty short and sweet, I told them what I was looking to make and then I was told this is the most we will offer you.
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Additional Info

Headquarters Greensboro, NC
Size 5000+ Employees
Founded 1982
Type Company - Public (TFM)
Industry Retail
Revenue $1 to $2 billion (USD) per year

The Fresh Market was founded in 1982 with one simple goal in mind: to bring friends, family and neighbors high-quality products in a warm and friendly, old-world European atmosphere. Today, we continue to serve our customers and our communities as a true neighborhood market and an extraordinary food destination store.

Every location employs a team of friendly, well-trained... More

Mission: We realize that our success as a company is completely dependent on the dedicated, talented and creative individuals that bring The Fresh Market experience to life... More

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