WASHINGTON, D.C. 20549

                                    FORM 8-K

                                 CURRENT REPORT
                       PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(d) OF
                       THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934

                          Date of Report: July 29, 2004

                         Commission file number 0-14706.

                          INGLES MARKETS, INCORPORATED
             (Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)

             NORTH CAROLINA                               56-0846267
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           (State or other jurisdiction                (IRS Employer
             of incorporation)                       Identification No.)

                  P.O. Box 6676, Asheville, NC           28816
              (Address of principal executive offices) (Zip Code)

                                 (828) 669-2941
              (Telephone number of registrant, including area code)

          (Former name or former address, if changes since last report)

 Item 7.          Financial Statements and Exhibits.

(c)      Exhibits.

         Exhibit Number                 Exhibit
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         99.1                           Press Release dated July 29, 2004

Item 12.         Results of Operations and Financial Condition.

On July 29, 2004, Ingles Markets, Incorporated ("IMKTA") issued a press release
announcing financial information for its third fiscal quarter ended June 26,
2004. The press release is attached as Exhibit 99.1 to this Form 8-K.


         Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934,
the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the
undersigned hereunto duly authorized.

                             INGLES MARKETS, INCORPORATED

                             /s/ Brenda S. Tudor
                             Brenda S. Tudor
                             Vice President-Finance and Chief Financial Officer

Dated July 29, 2004

                                INDEX TO EXHIBITS

Exhibit Number                          Exhibit
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99.1                                    Press Release dated July 29, 2004