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UPDATE: Community Markets diving into Indian Lake region

EDITOR'S NOTE: During a corporate meeting after press time, officials at Fresh Encounter Inc. related the new Community Markets at Midway Plaza, Lakeview, will open April 14 instead of April 1, as reported in Tuesday's Examiner.

Fresh Encounter Inc. hopes to make a splash in the Indian Lake area when it opens its newest Community Markets location at 8793 Township Road 239, Lakeview, in the Midway Plaza.

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Community Markets crews have been working inside and out, adding new front end registers and refrigerated cases and expanding the bakery/deli and fresh meat areas, ahead of the April 1 store opening at 8793 Township Road 239, Lakeview, in the Midway Plaza. (EXAMINER PHOTO | RICK PITTS)

Company spokesman Eric Anderson said crews have been working inside and out, adding new front end registers and refrigerated cases and expanding the bakery/deli and fresh meat areas, with extra attention to the meat section.

“We’re strong on meat and want to keep that focus,” he added.

While many cosmetic changes are happening, Mr. Anderson said when the company acquired the former Tinsley’s Market location from W.R. Dickson and associates, “the guts inside were in good shape.” There are plans in place later this year to redo the building front.

Something new also is planned for this location — a “beer cave” — a walk-in refrigerated room — and a first for the chain.

Officials also plan to get involved in the community.

“We’re really excited to be there and want to be involved in the community,” he said. “There is always something on the calendar and we are looking forward to being there and ready for the summer traffic.”

The store acquisition ends some six decades of service by the Tinsley family, which opened their first IGA store east of the Indian Lake spillway, moved farther east for a number of years in a new store and then finished out its last decade or so at the Midway Plaza location.

The new Community Markets opens April 14, with hours from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily, and some 35 employees.

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