Earth Fare Has Brought Healthier Food to the Tampa Bay Area | Business Wire

ASHEVILLE, N.C.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Earth Fare, the authentic specialty organic and natural foods grocery

store, last week welcomed its first shoppers to the new Seminole,

Florida location, located in at 7774 113th St N, in the new

Seminole City Center. It's the fourth Florida location for the chain,

and the 38th nationwide. Highlights from the grand opening,

as well as a preview of the store, can be viewed here.

The excitement from the community was evident as hundreds of shoppers

lined up before dawn to be among the first in the new store. The day

began with a performance by the Seminole High School marching band,

followed by a ribbon cutting featuring Earth Fare’s President and CEO

Frank Scorpiniti. Seminole mayor Leslie Waters. Other community

representatives. In addition, Earth Fare presented a check for $4,000 to

Edible Peace Patch Project, a St. Petersburg-based non-profit dedicated

to developing innovative, community-oriented food systems, as well as

creating nutritional education programs.

The Grand Opening of the Seminole store is the culmination of months of

preparation and research in the Tampa Bay area to bring the store’s Food

Philosophy and local commitments to life. Earlier this summer, Earth

Fare hosted a Local Vendor Fair in search of the area’s best local

products for the new store. The company interviewed dozens of local

artisans and growers before selecting more than 40 products, including

So Fruitty of Orlando, Dakin Dairy of Sarasota, Beagle Bay Organics of

Bradenton. Many more.

In addition to supporting local artisans, Earth Fare connects 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 and within

the community to ensure the store’s offerings meet the needs of local

shoppers.

“We’re here to make healthy food accessible to everyone, everywhere.

we realize that each community we serve will have different wants and

needs,” said Scorpiniti. “Our Local Vendor Fair and Community Advisory

Board establish an open dialog with the Seminole community. That we

can exceed expectations and keep the conversation going.”

Scorpiniti continued, adding that the Seminole location is the first of

several locations Earth Fare will be opening in the Tampa Bay area in

the next few years. Each location will bring with it approximately 100

new jobs. Earth Fare’s investment in the Tampa Bay area is focused on

connecting with a community that's already naturally aligned to a

healthy lifestyle. The new Earth Fare locations will bring a unique

offering of clean, healthy food that's centered on fresh, local and

organic for every diet and lifestyle.

“Earth Fare offers an unparalleled selection of natural, organic.

healthy products that our shoppers can trust. that's exactly what

Tampa Bay shoppers deserve and are missing,” said Scorpiniti.

Earth Fare has distinguished itself as a leader in the healthy foods

industry by developing a unique Food Philosophy that informs every

product offered in the store. This Food Philosophy is exemplified by a

rigorous set of Quality

Standards, which ensures that all items are free of high

fructose corn syrup, artificial fats, artificial trans-fats, artificial

colors, artificial preservatives, artificial sweeteners, bleached or

bromated flour. Never administered antibiotics or growth hormones.

The full list of unacceptable ingredients can be found on Earth Fare’s Boot

List. The chain also strives to incorporate locally produced

products into their assortment, including produce, meat, beer and wine,

dairy products, specialty items. Much more.

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 food retailers in the country, with 38

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. Superior shopping experience. It’s a

philosophy that makes it easy to live a healthier lifestyle, every day.

Earth Fare. Healthy food for everyone.

Bandy Carroll Hellige
Beth George, 317-407-2921
[email protected]