FAIRVIEW PARK, Ohio — Roughly two and a half years after it closed its Fairview Park location, national organic and natural grocery store Earth Fare returns to Westgate.
“We’ve gotten some excitement within the community, so folks are ready,” Earth Fare Director of Marketing Laurie Aker said. “Earth Fare had a store there a while back. Fortunately, it stayed vacant so we are returning to the exact same building.
“We were there for quite some time. Earth Fare Cleveland was one of our top-tier legacy stores with our previous Earth Fare.”
After filing for bankruptcy in early 2020 and closing all of its stores shortly thereafter, the company was quickly restarted. Then last year 24 Earth Fare locations reopened across the country.
Initially the Fairview Park location, which is the company’s 25th store, wasn’t planned; however, something funny took place on social media.
“Originally we were only going to open up a handful of stores,” Aker said. “Then all of a sudden these communities we used to be in were on social media asking for us to come back.
“So originally Cleveland was not on the radar, but after such an overwhelming response from the public we said we have to open more stores and bring healthy food back to these communities. The folks asked and we listened. Fairview Park is such a great community.”
The Northeast Ohio reopening is scheduled for 8 a.m. Wednesday (July 27) at the Westgate location. A ribbon-cutting ceremony includes a $1,000 donation to nonprofit Cleveland Roots followed by a mystery gift card giveaway for the first 200 guests in line with one lucky guest walking away with a $500 Earth Fare gift card.
With more than 20 locations throughout the East Coast, Earth Fare is known for its unique food philosophy offering products free of artificial colors, flavors, preservatives, artificial sweeteners, high fructose corn syrup, bleached or bromated flour, added hormones and antibiotics and artificial fats and trans fats.
“It’s what you won’t find on our shelves that makes all of the difference,” Aker said. “That food philosophy is still strong and will be coming back into the store.
“Also, we’ll have some new interesting and exciting options that we will introduce to the Fairview Park store over the next several months.”
As for the notion of a retail store reopening in the exact same location it left years before, Aker noted it’s pretty special.
“Yeah, it doesn’t happen often,” Aker said. “It’s really a great healthy comeback story in that just shows the dedication and commitment to folks in those communities who believe in us and who live by our food philosophy and appreciate what we do.
“We do healthy food better than anyone else in the industry. We’re just super excited to be coming back to Fairview Park.”
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