The Fresh Market, established in 1982, is a family-owned, privately held chain of specialty grocery stores. It operates more than 65 stores in the Southeast and Midwest and employs over 6,500 individuals. The company specializes in offering perishable products and operates various departments that include deli and cheese, grocery and dairy, beer and wine, bakery, meat, seafood, produce and gift products. It also offers prepared food products, such as sandwiches, wraps and soups. Its range of bakery items includes cakes, pies, breads, rolls and desserts. The company's candy department offers sugar-free candies and chocolates. In addition, it offers a variety of coffee products. Many of its stores feature old-style butcher shop, fish market and floral stands. The Fresh Market operates a location in Knoxville, Tenn.