Kings Food Markets (Kings) opened its newest location in Gillette, N.J. with a signature pasta-ribbon cutting ceremony beginning at 10:00 a.m.
The Gillette store not only incorporates the features Kings has piloted in other locations since its brand relaunch in 2012, but it also introduces many new concepts.
Shoppers arriving in the Gillette store immediately enter the MarketSquare, where they can enjoy Inspirations-To-Go, a section of chef-inspired meal options, including: Asian-infused dishes from a Hibachi Station; brick oven Neapolitan-style pizza; hand-rolled sushi; grain exchange and mezze bars; hot soups ranging from hearty and organic, to gluten-free and vegetarian; as well as fully prepared sandwiches made on fresh-delivered breads and gluten-free options.
The MarketSquare also includes a full-service: Coffee House with barista-brewed espressos, cappuccinos and lattes as well as fresh-baked pastries, muffins and scones; International Cheese Shop with more than 300 varieties sourced both locally and globally; open-air Flower Boutique with flower stylists who provide the design-savvy of a trusted florist in the convenience of a local market; and Patisserie offering the most decadent, premium desserts as well as new service breads, brought to Kings from New York’s best bakeries every day.
“Our entire team has worked hard over the last year to ensure that inspiration strikes our customers in every aisle, in every department – just as our tagline suggests,” said Judy Spires, president & CEO of Kings Food Markets.
“Our Gillette location brings this brand promise to life in such a multi-sensory way for our shoppers; it truly is an opportunity for our customers to see, hear, smell, touch and taste a full culinary experience.”
In addition to the international offerings of the MarketSquare, Gillette shoppers will enjoy the largest variety of fresh, high-quality organic produce in their neighborhood, much of which will be offered within 24 hours of harvest through the brand’s Local Fresh 24/7 program this summer.
Local and organic offerings extend into Kings’ Butcher Shop, where customers can purchase meats from local farms in New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania and Butcher Craftsmen will be glad to assist or offer advice on orders. In the Seafood Market, shoppers can select from exclusive offerings such as Black Pearl Scottish and Organic Salmon as well as fresh, “top of the catch” varieties, including: preservative-free, sustainably sourced, wild-caught and farm-raised options.
Through Kings’ partnership with Fishwise, shoppers can get the best, sustainable seafood on the market that is sourced responsibly. Other features of the store include a Candy Shop, WiFi-enabled Inspiration Cafe and special dairy cases that are 60% more energy efficient.
“At Kings, providing inspiration has many parts. It is offering both the freshest, highest-quality food from near and afar and the helpful guidance of our associates, who are all eager to share their love of food with our customers,” said Spires.
“We want our shoppers to experience those moments of discovery when they first taste a new ingredient or find success with a recipe they’ve never tried before. It is our pleasure to do whatever we can, whether through recommended pairings, preparation tips or just the quality of ingredients we offer, to make them feel comfortable experimenting with their menu choices.”
To help continue the celebration into the following weeks, Kings Gillette will also hold a food drive to benefit Stirling’s St. Vincent de Paul Church, a local church collecting food to end hunger in the community.
Shoppers who visit the store between Monday, April 1 and Tuesday, April 30 can support the food drive by purchasing a pre-packed bag of non-perishables or by picking up a list of “most-needed” items to shop for their own contributions.
“As not only an associate of Kings but also as a community member who truly loves great food and loves sharing my passion with customers, I am so proud to be opening this location and serving both our shoppers and the greater community,” said Kings Gillette general store manager Donna Lewis, who has worked for Kings for more than 28 years.
“Kings is a family, and I look forward to continuing to grow that family in Gillette.”