The Fresh Market opened its doors in the Albemarle Square Shopping Center Wednesday morning, making it the store's first central Virginia location.
The store hosted a VIP breakfast for some members of the community.
Instead of a ribbon-cutting ceremony, there was a "crack the parmesan" ceremony. Throughout the day there will be chef demonstrations, samples, and customer giveaways.
"I have not ever been to a Fresh Market and I've heard all good things about it, so I thought I'd check it out," said Donna Cahen, a shopper.
County leaders say the store opening is a sign of steady growth in Albemarle County.