Organic grocer to close in Fairfax after just two years

While the fate of Shoppers hangs over the region, another Greater Washington grocery store is quietly closing its doors just two years after its grand opening.

Organic grocer Earth Fare will close its Fairfax store, its only location in the region, on Jan. 11, a spokeswoman confirmed Wednesday to the Washington Business Journal. She declined to further comment on how many employees would be affected or why the store is closing.

The Asheville, North Carolina-based chain brought its mostly organic and sustainable products to Fairfax in January 2018, hoping to capitalize on the region’s higher levels of income and preferences for healthy food. Between now and its last day, the 20,000-square-foot store at 11052 Lee Highway will sell its merchandise at a 20% discount.

It’s unclear how this closure fits into the larger strategy for the company, founded in 1975 in Asheville. The Indianapolis Star reported Wednesday that three Earth Fare locations are slated to close in Indiana, in Carmel,…

Read the full story from the Washington Business Journal.

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