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iN PHOTOS: Kamloops's new Fresh St. Market isn't your typical grocery store

Fresh St. Market opened in Kamloops' Aberdeen Mall Nov. 22, 2020.
Fresh St. Market opened in Kamloops' Aberdeen Mall Nov. 22, 2020.

An innovative new grocery store opened its doors in Kamloops this weekend, and we just had to go check it out.

The long-anticipated Fresh St. Market opened for business yesterday, Nov. 22, across from the food court in Aberdeen Mall.

Fresh St. Market is a B.C. company with locations in Whistler, Vancouver and Surrey. The idea behind the brand is combining the practicality of a grocery store with the feeling of a local farmer's market.

The Kamloops location is spacious, housing ten tills, a self-checkout section and ten main departments. 

A small café featuring fresh local donuts is located right at the entrance to Fresh St. Market.
A small café featuring fresh local donuts is located right at the entrance to Fresh St. Market.

As soon as you walk into Fresh St. Market, you'll find a café serving drip coffee, lattes, teas and fresh local donuts. If you don't immediately make a beeline for the goodies on your right, you'll find yourself facing Fresh St. Market's large specialty cheese selection.

Fresh St. Market is big on cheese, featuring a large variety of speciality, local B.C. cheeses.
Fresh St. Market is big on cheese, featuring a large variety of speciality, local B.C. cheeses.

Many of these products are locally sourced right here in B.C., like the Village Cheese Company in Armstrong and Salt Spring Island Cheese. You'll know which ones by their clearly marked B.C. tags. 

Fresh St. Market is all about local, and although not all their products are made in B.C., you'll see more locally sourced goods there than in a big chain grocery store. 

A unique aspect of Fresh St. Market are their different departments. While they offer fresh produce, dried and frozen goods, a deli and a limited selection of cleaning and household products, they also have features you would typically only find at an open-air street market. 

Fresh St. Market has all the basic elements of a typical grocery store, and then some.
Fresh St. Market has all the basic elements of a typical grocery store, and then some.

You can grab some sushi or a poke bowl, freshly-made before your eyes, at their Sushi & Poke stand.

You can grab some sushi or a poke bowl, freshly-made before your eyes, at their Sushi & Poke stand.
You can grab some sushi or a poke bowl, freshly-made before your eyes, at their Sushi & Poke stand.

You will also find a large variety of specialty desserts, like cakes, tarts, bars, cinnamon buns, cookies and even macaroons. 

You can smell the freshly baked desserts and breads in store, so be warned if you shop on an empty stomach.
You can smell the freshly baked desserts and breads in store, so be warned if you shop on an empty stomach.

You can smell the freshly baked desserts and breads in store, so be warned if you shop on an empty stomach.
You can smell the freshly baked desserts and breads in store, so be warned if you shop on an empty stomach.

They also have fresh breads, croissants and buns. Needless to say, the store smells heavenly, so shopping on an empty stomach can be a slow torture.  

You can dish up your own curry and rice or soup to go.
You can dish up your own curry and rice or soup to go.

There are self-serve bars for curry and soups, a deli with pre-made salads and lunch items, an in-house butcher and a fresh flower section.

Some raw meats are pre-packaged, but you can order cuts of red meat or seafood from the butcher counter.
Some raw meats are pre-packaged, but you can order cuts of red meat or seafood from the butcher counter.

If you've ever wanted to grind your own nut butter, Fresh St. Market is the place to go. You can choose from peanut butter, almond butter, or chocolate peanut butter. All you have to do is push a button.

You can grind your own nut butter in-store.
You can grind your own nut butter in-store.

You can also shop for kitchenware and some locally made items like reusable paper towels and mugs from Now Designs, or handcrafted soaps by Noori Soap. 

Fresh St. Market carries local, handcrafted soaps by Noori Soap.
Fresh St. Market carries local, handcrafted soaps by Noori Soap.

As to be expected, Fresh St. Market has been busy for its first two days, but the lines to enter the store move fairly quickly. You can enter from outside or through the food court. Carts and baskets are available, and sanitization stands are readily available. 

In terms of price, Fresh St. Market is pretty middle of the road. You may end up spending more than you anticipated, but only because you end up buying more than you intended. It's hard not to, as there are displays set up everywhere you look. 

You can also find gourmet salt mixes for soups, veggies and meats.
You can also find gourmet salt mixes for soups, veggies and meats.

Fresh St. Market has a wide selection of fresh baked goods like cakes, breads, croissants and buns.
Fresh St. Market has a wide selection of fresh baked goods like cakes, breads, croissants and buns.

There are ten tills and a self-checkout section near the outdoor entrance to the store.
There are ten tills and a self-checkout section near the outdoor entrance to the store.

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