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The Fresh Market Inc. Names Pamela Kohn Chief Merchandising Officer

GREENSBORO, N.C., Jan. 06, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The Fresh Market, Inc. (NASDAQ:TFM), a growing specialty grocery retailer, announced today the appointment of Pamela Kohn as Executive Vice President and Chief Merchandising Officer, effective today. In this role, Ms. Kohn will be responsible for enhancing the customer experience while accelerating the improvement of merchandise selection, customer value, brand messaging, and in-store experience. She will also have oversight for merchandising, marketing, and supply chain functions and will report directly to Rick Anicetti, President and CEO.

“We are extremely excited to welcome Pam to The Fresh Market team. She is a highly innovative and experienced leader in food retail merchandising, succeeding as a proven change agent for go-to-market strategy, value creation and supply chain,” said Mr. Anicetti. “Implementing a fully integrated approach to branding and re-imagining our stores to further enhance the extraordinary food experience our customers expect is one of our key growth drivers, and Pam’s food merchandising and operations experience at Walmart, Stop & Shop and Food Lion will be a huge asset. Pam brings the ability to successfully select the right products, at appropriate prices, delivered to stores efficiently, and merchandised effectively.”

Ms. Kohn brings an extensive breadth and depth of experience from her more than 30-year career in retail, which includes most recently a track-record of achievement spanning 12 years at Walmart Stores, Inc. in supply chain, merchandising, store operations, real estate, sourcing and merchandising operations. During her tenure there, she led Walmart’s perishables business and Neighborhood Market program. Prior to her career at Walmart, Ms. Kohn led the merchandising program at The Stop & Shop Supermarket Company when it was a multi-billion dollar division of Ahold USA. Prior to that, she held the role of Chief Merchandising and Marketing Officer for Food Lion when it was a 1,100-store chain.

Ms. Kohn commented, “I am thrilled to join The Fresh Market team and look forward to helping further build upon this company’s unique and compelling value equation, which includes a combination of freshness, flavors, service, experience and price, as we work to deliver guests high-quality foods that elevate their eating experiences.”

About The Fresh Market, Inc.

Founded in 1982, The Fresh Market, Inc. is a specialty grocery retailer focused on providing high-quality products in a unique and inviting atmosphere with a high level of customer service. The company currently operates 183 stores in 27 states across the U.S. The Fresh Market is an equal opportunity employer. For more information, please visit www.thefreshmarket.com.

Contact: The Fresh Market, Inc. Investor Relations (336) 615-8065 investorrelations@thefreshmarket.com

Source:The Fresh Market, Inc.