Friday, May 8, 2015

Morton’s Gourmet Market

Fans of Morton’s Gourmet Market in Sarasota’s Southside Village won’t have to leave Siesta Key to get their locally grown produce and specialty foods for much longer.

Morton’s will officially move into the space currently occupied by Siesta Market on June 1st, but they will not be open to the public until the fall, after the store-wide renovation of the building, which is expected to take 4 or 5 months, is complete.

Siesta Market will be closing its doors at the end of May when current the owners of the only grocery store in Siesta Village, brothers Peter and Vincent Messina, retire. The Messina family has owned and operated the business for 44 years current and they will be missed, but the news of a new Morton’s Gourmet Market will soften the blow for many.

Morton's owner, Eddie Morton, told ABC7 reporters "My son and I said we would never ever expand; we would make it (the over 40-year-old family business) the best market there is, unless the opportunity ever came up on Siesta Key. That would be the only place we'd want to expand to."

The Siesta Key location will offer groceries and specialty items, like their other location, but it will have more of a focus on prepared foods.

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