Pete’s Fresh Market Charts Ambitious Suburban Expansion

Stephanie Dremonas was about a year out of college when her dad, Pete’s Fresh Market co-founder James “Jimmy” Dremonas, called with a proposition.

“He said, ‘Are you done pushing paper?’” said Dremonas, who at the time was working at Mid-America Real Estate Group after graduating from Marquette University with a degree in real estate and finance. “He said, ‘I have real estate, come run my real estate.’”

Stephanie Dremonas, the third of five siblings, hadn’t paid much attention to her family’s grocery business growing up. So she was struck when her dad gave her a peek behind the scenes of the Chicago chain, which had just opened its ninth store.

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