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Balducci's In Greenwich Celebrates Renovations, Expanded Food Selection

Balducci's donated $1,000 to the Connecticut Food Bank as the market celebrated its grand re-opening Friday. From left Rich Durante, COO Balducci's; CEO Judy Spires; Theresa Dobson, from the food bank and Steve Brownstein, Balducci's manager. Photo Credit: Frank MacEachern
First Selectman Peter Tesei cuts a giant loaf of bread to mark the grand re-opening of the Balducci's in Greenwich on Friday. Photo Credit: Frank MacEachern
Carol Donnoli, bakery field merchandiser for Balducci's, cuts the cake during the market's grand re-opening on Friday. Photo Credit: Frank MacEachern
Ashley Kent, on premise manager for Moet Hennessy in Connecticut, pops the cork on a bottle of Veuve Clicquot at the grand re-opening of Balducci's on Friday. Photo Credit: Frank MacEachern

GREENWICH, Conn. -- On a chilly Friday afternoon with the feel of winter hovering in the air, an excited group of executives, staff and others gathered to celebrate the grand reopening of a Greenwich fixture, Balducci's Food Lovers Market at 1050 E. Putnam Ave.

Judy Spires, president and chief executive officer of Balducci's, said the newly expanded market will be a place that customers will be "thrilled" to shop.

"A customer is going to be thrilled to death with what they find there," Spires said about the expanded range of gourmet offerings in the store.

On hand for the cutting of the very long loaf of bread in place of a ribbon on Friday, Dec. 6, was First Selectman Peter Tesei, who praised the company in his remarks.

Spires said the store boasts a new mezze and olive bar that offers a wide variety of Mediterranean food as well as an expanded selection of cheese and organic produce.

Balducci's also offers the best and freshest selection of seafood, even paying a better price to fishermen for the last caught and therefore the freshest fish, she said.

"We pay a premium for the restaurant quality seafood that is last caught," she said.

One obvious new addition to customers who haven't stopped at the market in a while is the Fine Wine & Spirits Store, which offers beer, wine and spirits.

The company said the expanded Balducci's will continue to be an integral part of Greenwich.

"We're just so proud to share our passion for food with the Greenwich community," said Chief Operating Officer Rich Durante. "We just feel that this store now represents this community in a first class way that this community deserves."

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