As visitors head down Main Street in the Greensboro Children’s Museum, The Market is usually their first stop. The Market, a grocery store exhibit, helps teach children about food, nutrition, and life skills like nutritious ingredients and counting money. As one of the original exhibits, The Market has been a visitor favorite since the Museum’s opening in May 1999.
In 2007, Greensboro-based specialty grocer The Fresh Market refurbished the exhibit, turning it into a miniature version of its flagship store. The Fresh Market recently contributed more than $35,000 in sponsorship monies, architect design and vendor contributions to refurbish The Market, providing a new modern store design, including updated decor, food products and fixtures.
The Market was officially unveiled to the public on Friday, November 1 at 10a with a grand re-opening ceremony led by Chris Himebauch, Chief HR Officer, and Mary Kellmanson, Chief Marketing Officer, of The Fresh Market. They were joined by Marian King, Chief Executive Officer, and Tom Guerrieri, Board Chair, at GCM. Together, we broke a giant loaf of bread to commemorate the occasion. The first 50 visitors received free admission to the Museum courtesy of the Fresh Market. Guests were treated to a variety of refreshments and food samples.
The updated market exhibit highlights various grocery store careers such as clerk, department manager, store manager, and cashier. The Market also features nutrition messages to underscore the importance of fruits and vegetables, as well as feature new products that children might see at the grocery store.
Thank you, News & Record, for joining us at the Grand Re-opening.