Earth Fare announces it’s closing all stores

Marco Green
February 4, 2020

The company said all employees have been notified of the impending closure of the company's stores and corporate office.

The company said Monday that it's "not in a financial position to continue to operate on a go-forward basis", citing retail-industry challenges and trouble refinancing debt.

The company said it is trying to find a potential buyer for its stores.

Earth Fare's other stores in SC are in Charleston, Summerville, Rock Hill, Fort Mill and Greenville.

The location in Johnson City, 1735 W. State of Franklin Road, opened October 15, 2008.

Earth Fare, the Asheville-based natural and organic supermarket, is closing all 50 of its locations, including six in SC, the company announced Monday, Feb. 3. Private investment firm Oak Hill Partners acquired a majority stake in the company in 2012.

Earth Fare has three locations in Northeast Ohio, one in Westgate Shopping Center in Fairview Park, another in The Shops of Fairlawn on West Market Street and the third in The Venue at Belden in North Canton.

On Monday, the health conscious grocer Earth Fare became the latest casualty.

The company will also be selling store fixtures as part of this process. In both cases, it appears that heightened competition-including defense by market leaders-and effects of a gradual improvement among better-capitalized conventional and discount chains in pricing and assortment of fresh and natural and organic foods had blunted their advantages.

"I could only imagine the cost and the minimal profit margins for a grocery store and what they have to have just to sustain as a company", Miller said.

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