Health and wellness grocery chain Earth Fare to close all stores

Health and wellness grocery chain Earth Fare to close all stores
Earth Fare promotes sustainability while offering “real food to enable people to regain control of their own health.” (Handout photo from Earth Fare)

ATLANTA — A North Carolina-based health and wellness grocery store chain, with locations in metro Atlanta, announced Monday it was closing all of its stores, according to store employees.

One general manager at Earth Fare told our sister station in Orlando, WFTV, that they got a call Monday morning saying all of the company’s stores are closing.

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The grocery chain promotes itself as “health food for everyone” on its website.

There are two locations in metro Atlanta – in Cumming and Athens.

Earth Fare was founded in 1975 in Asheville, North Carolina. Originally called “Dinner for the Earth,” it was the city’s first health food store. It currently has 50 locations in the U.S.

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The company promotes sustainability while offering “real food to enable people to regain control of their own health.”

The chain cited challenges in the retail industry as issues that led to the decision in a statement to The Charlotte Observer.

“As a result, Earth Fare is not in a financial position to continue to operate on a go-forward basis. As such, we have made the difficult, but necessary decision to commence inventory liquidation sales while we continue to engage in a process to find potential suitors for our stores.”

The grocery chain has locations in 10 states. In addition to the ones in Georgia, it has stores in the Carolinas, Alabama, Michigan, Ohio, Tennessee, Florida, Indiana and Virginia.

The company did not give a date as to when the stores will close.