A major hiring effort is underway to staff Farmer Joe’s Fresh Market, targeted to open in December on Pine Island Road.
The owners are seeking 450 employees for the nearly-completed, 55,000 square-foot grocery store.
“This is going to be the Disneyland of supermarkets,” says Lee Snyder, owner of Farmer Joe’s, which will heavily focus on massive departments on the store’s perimeter. “Our produce department alone is 13,000 square feet.”
The store has hired as many as 150 people so far, but it needs three times that many. Snyder has sponsored job fairs, commercials, and billboards in an effort to communicate that Farmer Joe’s is hiring.
Aldi, the Germany-based grocery store chain, has resumed construction on another new Cape Coral store.
This one will be located at Santa Barbara Boulevard and Veterans Parkway in what had been slated to be a Lucky’s Market. Lucky’s pulled out of Southwest Florida even before the COVID-19 pandemic began. Aldi, meanwhile, just keeps growing.
“We’re proud to be one of the fastest-growing retailers in the country,” said Chris Hewitt, Royal Palm Beach division vice president for Aldi. “In 2017, we announced an accelerated growth plan with a more than $5 million capital investment in new and remodeled stores.”
Aldi has more than 2,100 stores across 37 states, Hewitt said.
“We’re on pace to become the third-largest U.S. grocery retailer by store count by the end of 2022,” Hewitt said.
Five years ago, there were two Aldi stores in all of Southwest Florida. Now, there are 16. Lee County leads with 10. Collier County has four, and Charlotte County has two. There are three existing Aldi stores in Cape Coral, including one at the Coralwood Mall. That spot had been slated to become a Fresh Market until that chain dropped its plans to expand, opening the door for Aldi.
The Veterans/Santa Barbara Aldi, which will be Cape Coral’s fourth store, is scheduled to open sometime in 2022.
Following its Mid-Cape Summer Fest, Mercola Market & Café donates $4,000 to the Cape Coral Animal Shelter.
The all-day inaugural event, which benefitted the local animal shelter, attracted over 1,000 people to celebrate the end of summer with live music, a vintage car show, food trucks, a corn hole tournament, face painting, a petting zoo, hot air balloon rides and more.
“The goal of this first-time event was to introduce our Market to the community and bring families together to enjoy the last weekend before the new school year starts,” says Patrick Rossi, Mercola Market of Cape Coral General Manager.
“Donating the event proceeds was the icing on top, and we’re happy to support the Cape Coral Animal Shelter in their mission of providing a safe place for animals until they find they’re forever home.”
The Mercola Market & Café of Cape Coral is a new retail store that exclusively features Dr. Mercola branded products for your health, home, pantry and pet. In addition, the Café offers a complete selection of biodynamic coffee and espresso beverages, hot and iced teas, and a variety of baked goods from a local bakery, including gluten-free and vegan options.
The Market & Café is open Tuesday through Sunday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
The Cape Coral Animal Shelter (CCAS) has partnered with Hope Hospice to take current services one step further for hospice patients.
In animal rescue, one of the most heartbreaking owner surrender requests is when a person is terminally ill and must give up their beloved pet. Once surrendered, the person ultimately loses touch with their pet after it is adopted, spending their last days wondering about and missing their companion.
Finding a home for pets can also be a burden for family members when a loved one enters hospice unexpectedly and they scramble frantically to find a home for the pet.
Hope Hospice created the Hope for Pets program to alleviate that worry and give people in their care some peace of mind that their pets will have veterinary visits, exercise, and, when needed, a new, loving home. To ensure no pet is left behind, Hope for Pets has partnered with various shelters to help coordinate pet adoptions and veterinary care.
Now, CCAS is offering enhanced services to keep the connection between Hope’s pet owners and their loyal companions strong for as long as possible.
Our program will facilitate the surrender of a pet by a hospice patient. However, that pet will stay in the home of the patient until he/she is no longer able to care for the pet. During that time, CCAS will handle medical care of the pet, transport to and from the patient’s home for vet visits, and supply food/supplies if needed.
Further, if the Hope Hospice patient enters a hospice facility, CCAS will put the pet into a foster home until the patient passes away. These fosters will be specifically chosen and trained to be compassionate and understanding of the situation. They will provide updates, pictures, phone calls, and (if possible) visits to the patient in a hospice facility. Once the patient passes, CCAS will find a loving, forever home for the pet.
“We have a network of fantastic foster parents who are specially educated about end-of-life care. They keep in touch with the owner and help them stay connected to their pet with updates, phone calls and visits,” said McCauley.
“We are creating a continuity in transitioning a pet from owner to foster family, while forging a faster pathway to adoption.”
Oftentimes, pet adoptions are delayed due to an absence of medical information or lapsed treatments. Now, veterinary services are brought up to date and pets are given the care they need to stay happy and healthy well before they join their new adopted home, giving the hospice patient and their families great relief during a most difficult time.
Please see the attached link to the office article posted by Hope Hospice for their insight: