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Southern Season gourmet grocer coming to Richmond this summer

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According to a press release from the company on Tuesday, Southern Season is scheduled to open in Richmond, Virginia this summer. The award-winning gourmet grocer will be located at Libbie Mill between West Broad Street and Staples Mill Road near Libbie Avenue.

Southern Season is not your average marketplace. It mixes the knowledge and experience of a national grocer with the personal connection and local product integration of a neighborhood market, offering over 80,000 gourmet grocery and cooking items focusing on local commerce with over 10,000 Virginia-based artisan goods and products. Southern Season offers not only depth of local and regional products, but breadth ranging from coffee, wine, bread and cheese to housewares and chocolate. Each section of the retail store offers a vast selection of products with an expert passionate department sales staff.

The over 50,000 square foot entertaining emporium offers a full culinary experience in its specialty retail store, full-service restaurant and renowned cooking school – creating a unique culinary experience unlike any in the area where guests can eat, shop, learn and participate in the preparation of culinary food and entertaining activities.

The cooking school brings national as well as locally-acclaimed and beloved chefs to work directly with customers, and Southern Season’s Share the Food non-profit foundation, a program that fights hunger and poverty, works with local charities to reach the hungry in the local store community.

Dining options at the gourmet marketplace include a bakery and deli for lunch or dinner pick-up. Guests looking to experience full service can eat at Southerly, the moderately-priced, upscale casual restaurant and patio for breakfast, lunch or dinner.

Dave Herman, president of Southern Season, says, “We are thrilled to bring the Southern Season experience to Richmond and Libbie Mill. Our customers are the foundation of what we do and we are honored to share our knowledgeable service, passionate staff and unparalleled product offerings with the greater Richmond community. Richmond is a city rich with history, community and culinary excellence and we are thrilled we will soon join this strong food community in this great, historic city.”

Southern Season is an award-winning gourmet food and entertaining store which offers the ultimate culinary experience throughout its store, restaurant, and cooking school. Through demonstrations and hands-on opportunities, staff experts work together to create an upscale community center where residents and visitors can meet with friends and family to “educate, excite, and entertain.”

The Southern Season reportedly is just about anything you can imagine, and a lot you never knew you needed, for gracious living and entertainment. It has been suggested that when you go, plan on a feast for the stomach and the eyes.

The flagship store, located in Chapel Hill, N.C., has been in operation since 1975. The Charleston, South Carolina store opened in September 2013. The Richmond, Virginia store will open in summer 2014. The company has plans to open stores in Charlotte, Atlanta, Birmingham, Nashville and Washington, D.C.

Local vendors, who wish to sell a product, host a tasting/demonstration or teach a cooking class should contact nghitelman@southernseason.com.

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