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
“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.
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Beth George, 317-407-2921