PLAINFIELD, NJ - In the months since it closed, residents from Plainfield and surrounding communities have missed the convenience of shopping at the year-round farmer's market that was located on South Avenue near Leland.
But now, the market is undergoing a transformation, led by Owner David Oh, who is planning a soft opening for the Fig Tree Market the first week in October. A grand opening, he said, is being planned for November.
Over the years, the market that was in place had gone through both ownership and name changes, from Times Market to Green Farmer's Market. Then, prior to closing, it was a Key Food store that introduced more grocery items, with less of a focus on fruits and vegetables.
Oh said that while the Fig Tree Market will have a deli counter, a flower shop and fish and meat departments, its focus will be on the produce.
When asked about the number of workers he anticipates employing, Oh said, "we're leasing out the concessions, the deli and everything, so other than those, we're probably going to have fifteen; with the concessions, probably thirty."
Oh's family has another store in East Windsor, NJ; he said he has been working with his father at that location since he was in junior high school.
Oh is currently looking for a place to live in this area.