Earth Fare Closes its DoorsFeb 27, 2020 02:57PM ● By Toni Conover
Those interested in healthy, clean eating suffered a loss in February when Earth Fare announced plans to close all their stores throughout the country, including the stores in Charleston and Summerville. Earth Fare was formed in Asheville, North Carolina in 1975 as Dinner for the Earth, changing its name to Earth Fare in 1994. The store had a “unique food philosophy that ensured the cleanest assortment and the highest quality standards in the industry.”
People took to social media expressing sadness at the loss and discussing how the empty store locations might be used to continue offering healthy food options. There are petitions circulating for Trader Joes to come into both the Summerville and Charleston locations. The City of Charleston Planning Department put together a market analysis for the West Ashley location. A group formed to explore putting a Co-op into the former Earth Fare location in Charleston. There was a healthy turnout for their first meeting. The future of these locations was still to be determined as this publication went to print.
To learn more about the effort to create a co-op in the West Ashley location visit the Facebook group: Operation Cooperation: Converting the West Ashley Earth Fare into a Co-op.