ASHEVILLE, N.C.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Earth Fare, the authentic specialty organic and natural foods grocery store, opened its fifth greater Charlotte-area location on Wednesday, June 28 at 8885 Christenbury Parkway in Concord, North Carolina. Earth Fare was founded in 1975 in Asheville, and maintains a strong presence in North Carolina, with a total of ten locations around the state.
The company strives to offer a unique experience in each market it serves. Earlier this year, Earth Fare hosted a Local Vendor Fair in search of North Carolina’s best artisan products for the new store. The company interviewed dozens of local producers and growers before selecting more than 50 vendors, resulting in hundreds of North Carolina-produced products, including gluten- and dairy-free desserts and baking mixes from Dolci di Maria, and specialty cheeses from Boxcarr Farms.
In addition, the store made a $3,000 charitable donation to Children WIN, an initiative within Cabarrus Health Alliance dedicated to fighting childhood obesity. The funds, which include a generous donation from Earth Fare vendor Daddy Pete’s Plant Pleaser, will be used to implement a school garden in Cabarrus County.
Continuing its commitment to supporting the Concord area, Earth Fare connected with a wide range of community members through its Community Advisory Board. The Board is comprised of local health and wellness experts, as well as residents and community leaders. These individuals have been integral in tailoring the retailer’s approach to the in-store experience to ensure the store’s offerings meet the needs of local shoppers.
“We are committed to helping people live longer by providing the cleanest assortments of healthy food available in North America,” said Frank Scorpiniti, president and CEO of Earth Fare. “We’ve been honored to serve shoppers in North Carolina since 1975, and our Local Vendor Fair and Community Advisory Board underscore our commitment to our loyal shoppers.”
Earth Fare made headlines earlier this year when they challenged Americans to take back control of their health through their food choices and Live Longer With Earth Fare®. Since 1975, Earth Fare has distinguished itself as a leader in the health foods industry by developing a unique Food Philosophy that informs every product offered in the store. This Food Philosophy ensures that all products sold are free of high fructose corn syrup, artificial fats and trans-fats, artificial colors, artificial preservatives, artificial sweeteners, bleached or bromated flour, and are never administered antibiotics and synthetic growth hormones. The full list of banned ingredients can be found on Earth Fare’s Boot List.
In addition, Earth Fare recently announced that its more than 750 private brand food products are now sourced using only non-GMO ingredients, and new products are added to the shelves each day.
Beyond groceries, the new store will also feature Earth Fare’s Heirloom Organic Juice Bar, which serves 100 percent Certified Organic smoothies and juices, and offers custom blends as well as convenient, freshly prepared bottles to go. Shoppers will also find a wide variety of organic choices at Earth Fare’s Ocala Kitchen, featuring a salad bar, hot foods bar, pizza station, sandwich counter, and conveniently packaged meals-on-the-go. Shoppers can enjoy a homemade meal without the work, whether dining in the café with free Wi-Fi or taking it home.
Learn more about Earth Fare’s fresh approach to improving lives through a healthier lifestyle at www.earthfare.com.
ABOUT EARTH FARE
Founded in 1975, in Asheville, North Carolina, Earth Fare is one of the largest natural and organic retailers in the country with 41 locations across 9 states in the Southeast, mid-Atlantic and Midwest. Their full-service philosophy incorporates the highest food Quality Standards in the industry with compelling value, friendly and knowledgeable service, and a superior shopping experience. It’s a philosophy that makes it easy to live a healthier lifestyle, every day.
Live Longer with Earth Fare®