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Fresh Encounter, Inc. began in 1995, when Mike Needler and his family purchased CWC Companies, a retail grocery chain that was founded in 1964. In 1998, Fresh Encounter, Inc. expanded dramatically with the acquisition of Fulmer Supermarkets, another retail grocery chain, originally founded in 1909.

Today, Fresh Encounter, Inc. operates stores throughout Ohio and eastern Indiana under a variety of banners. In addition to a family of community markets, Fresh Encounter, Inc. operates its refrigeration company, Progressive Refrigeration.