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Side Dishes: What will replace a popular Burlington market?

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For the last few months, customers who noticed the dwindling inventory at the Cheese Outlet/Fresh Market on Burlington’s Pine Street may have wondered if it was an omen. Last Monday, the answer came: Despite a stack of fresh bread on the front stoop, the locked door bore a “closed for inventory” sign. Rumors swirled about the market’s permanent closure.

Fresh Market is indeed down for the count. The busy deli and bakery had been “discreetly” for sale for a few weeks before owners Robert Lichorwic and Deborah Jones decided to call it quits, according to Tony Blake of V/T Commercial, the building’s real-estate agent. (Several calls to Lichorwic were not returned.)

Blake says the 4800-square-foot space — which started life as a broom factory — has hosted a steady succession of food businesses since the early 1990s, and that is unlikely to change. He expects it to be snapped up soon, saying, “There’s a number of very interested and qualified parties.”

A spokeswoman for Unsworth Properties, the building’s owner, says the company is working with Lichorwic and Jones to sell off the rest of their inventory. In the Seven Days offices, we’ll especially miss Freshie’s gooey chocolate-chip cookies, which helped sustain us through many a production cycle.

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