Earth Fare grocery chain closing all stores, including in Columbia

Andrew Cummings
February 4, 2020

The company operated a store on Pelham Road in Greenville as well as stores in Rock Hill, Fort Mill, Columbia, Charleston and Summerville.

Meg Robinson, 34, a teacher at University School, visits Earth Fare at least once a week. "As such, we have made the hard, but necessary decision to commence inventory liquidation sales while we continue to engage in a process to find potential suitors for our stores", the company stated in a news release.

Earth Fare has filed a Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act (WARN) notice, and all of its employees have been notified of the store closures, according to a statement from Earth Fare. "I feel like Earth Fare really offered me that".

Columbia's lone Earth Fare store, on Devine Street, will close with all the others, company spokesperson Jennifer Mercer confirmed to The State.

Changes to the store also included the addition of hundreds of non-GMO, private brand items and a larger selection of plant-based products.

Going-out-of-business sales will include "significant price reductions", the announcement said.

Earth Fare opened its first Florida location just three years ago, and announced in October that it wanted to open 15 more.

WGB previously reported that Earth Fare was seeking to sell itself, and it had recently closed a pocket of stores. 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.

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