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    Marsh Plans Upscale Market in Downtown Indy

    State-of-the-art grocery aimed at catering to urban customers’ preferences

    Marsh Supermarkets plans to build a state-of-the-art grocery store at the corner of Michigan Avenue and Senate Street in downtown Indianapolis, a venture expected to create 125 jobs and provide metropolitan residents and commuters with a convenient, high-quality grocer.

    “Our customers tell us they want convenience, outstanding service and a wide variety of high-quality choices when choosing a supermarket,” said Joe Kelley, Marsh chairman, CEO and president. “We are listening and designing our new downtown store to offer Marsh customers the very best urban grocery shopping experience possible.”

    Expected to open in summer 2013, the 40,000-square-foot store will feature top-quality meats and seafood; fresh produce, including organic and locally-grown selections; an extensive deli with gourmet cheeses; a bakery with fresh-baked breads, cakes and pastries; and a wide selection of beer and wine, including labels from local brew masters and vintners.

    The new Marsh store will feature staff specialists that cater to customers’ needs and preferences, including meat professionals who will custom-cut meats to shoppers’ specifications. The Marsh team also will include bakers; seafood, wine, and cheese experts; and floral designers, all dedicated to providing tailored customer service.

    The new grocery store also will provide products and services to address customers’ nutritional interests and health needs, including a wide selection of gluten-free products and a full-service pharmacy.

    To provide downtown residents, students and workers with ease and convenience, the new Marsh store will offer an extensive salad bar and other prepared meals, including rotisserie chicken, ribs, turkey and other ready-to-eat items that may be purchased for carryout or enjoyed in the store’s mezzanine-level dining area.

    In 2011, Marsh celebrated its 80th anniversary, marking the milestone by announcing an investment of more than $60 million over three years in local communities through new store construction and remodeling current stores. Marsh also plans to expand into new markets.

    The new store is the grocer’s second store in downtown Indianapolis. The first, located at 320 N. New Jersey St., opened in 1986.

    “Our store on North New Jersey Street has been a great success and continues to enjoy tremendous support from downtown customers. Even so, we believe the downtown area is an underserved market and will clearly support a second Marsh store,” Kelley said. “Downtown residents, workers who commute to downtown jobs and students from local university campuses want and need another full-service, upscale grocery store that is convenient and accessible. We are designing our new store to meet those needs.”

    Indianapolis-based Marsh Supermarkets Inc. operates 70 Marsh stores, including three O’Malia’s Supermarkets and 27 MainStreet Markets in Indiana and Ohio, with 40 Indiana pharmacy locations.

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