Fresh Market eyes Eastchester site

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The Fresh Market, a high-end natural foods market with 95 stores in 19 states, is looking to move into the Old Navy store in Eastchester (part of the Vernon Hills plaza across from Lord & Taylor’s) when Old Navy’s lease expires in May.

The company, based in North Carolina, has filed preliminary site plans and architectural drawings with the Town Planning Department and representatives appeared before the planning board on Sept. 23.

A public hearing is set for 7 p.m. Oct. 7 before the Architectural Review Board.

If the market gets its approvals, the town would have five markets within a a few blocks of one another: Mrs. Green’s and A & P within an easy walk, Trader Joe’s and Stop and Shop a quick trip up the road toward Town Center.

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Randi Weiner covered Rockland education issues from 1998 to 2010. After a 2 1/2-year stint as a municipal reporter, she is back covering education issues in Westchester, Rockland and Putnam as of April 2012. An Ohio native and 1976 graduate of Bowling Green State University, she covered local government, marine issues, business, police news, courts and schools for daily newspapers in Ohio and Michigan before joining the Journal News in 1989. Her local assignments included early morning rewrite and police news for the Commuter Final, and covering Ardsley, Elmsford, Tarrytown and Irvington government, police and schools for the Reporter Dispatch and the Tarrytown Daily News from 1989 to 1996. In 1996, she transferred to the Rockland Journal News, where she edited the Crossroads Page and wrote a history column for two years before moving to education coverage. She returned to Westchester in 2010 and covered municipal government and schools in Eastchester, Bronxville, Tuckahoe and Scarsdale for the Journal News and Review Press Express. She has earned writing awards from the Associated Press, the Michigan Press Association, Harte Hanks Communications and Gannett. She has tended bar and danced in a beledi troup, sat on the boards of two community theaters and earned a best supporting actress award for amateur stagework in Ohio. She currently plays mandolin with the Shamrogues, Connecticut's largest Irish band, and has served on the board of the Shamrock Traditional Irish Music Society. Randi lives in Connecticut with her husband, Dave, and has three children.

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