Modmarket will open in Highlands Ranch today

Highlands Ranch is home to the eighth Modmarket in Colorado. The new location will open at 8 a.m. today across the street from the Highlands Ranch Towne Center. During today's grand opening festivities, the store will give $25 gift certificates to the first fifty customers in line -- and there will be more free food and other prizes offered throughout the day. See also: 100 Favorite Dishes -- Curried split pea soup from Modmarket

The first Modmarket opened in 2009 in Boulder, a town that seemed ideally suited for its seasonal ingredients and farm-to-table philosophy set off by a sleek, fast-casual setting. In the three years after that, owners Rob McColgan and Anthony Pigliacampo opened three more stores in metro locations just as responsive to the concept: at 14630 West Colfax Avenue in Lakewood, 1000 South Colorado Boulevard in Glendale and 8575 East Arapahoe Road in Greenwood Village.

Over the last year, the partners added three more stores: in Longmont, Englewood and downtown Denver, where in February they opened a restaurant on the 16th Street Mall. And now the eighth will be in Highlands Ranch.

"The Highlands Ranch community is made up of active, health-conscious families and professionals who value the same things we do -- delicious, affordable, healthy food served in a nice environment," explains Anthony Pigliacampo, Modmarket co-founder. "They have graciously welcomed us and seem just as excited as we are to be serving their neighborhood."

For more information on the Highlands Ranch store, go to Modmarket's Facebook page -- which also hints that the chain will soon open its first non-Colorado location.

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