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Fresh food store planned for former Union Chapel-area church

Saturday, August 31, 2013 - 8:59 am

A Fort Wayne church will be converted into a grocery specializing in fresh foods.

Brian Hench, who most recently oversaw the fresh foods departments for Chief Super Market in Defiance, Ohio, is expected to file plans next week with the Allen County Department of Planning Services to open Ted’s Market in the old Union Chapel Church near Union Chapel and Coldwater roads. The building, currently owned by the United Brethren in Christ Church of Huntington, was built in 1962, expanded in 1969 and would be enlarged and renovated to accommodate the store.

Ted’s Market will feature fresh produce, baked goods, and meats and will also offer prepared foods made of those ingredients.

In addition to a full line of seasonal produce, the store will offer deli meats and cheeses and an assortment of groceries, spices, dairy items, juices, frozen foods, wine and craft beer.

The store’s name has two meanings. Ted Hench was one of the founders of Chief Super Market, but “Ted’s” is also an acronym for what the market stands for, according to a statement: Treat people with respect; Enjoy great food; Delight the customer; Share new experiences.

Eric Hench, who has worked at Chief’s for 35 years and is now chairman of the board, will be a minority owner in Ted’s.

Renovations to the church will not affect the cemetery on the north side of the property.