ASHEVILLE, N.C. (WJHL)- Officials with Earth Fare, Inc. announced Monday they would be closing all stores and starting inventory liquidation sales.
The news release added that all employees have been notified about the closures and that, ” The inventory liquidation sales will feature a truly outstanding assortment of merchandise at very significant price reductions. We encourage shoppers to visit their nearby location now and take advantage of these savings before it’s too late. Store fixtures are also available for sale as part of this process.”
Johnson City’s Earth Fare just celebrated a grand re-opening in June 2019 after a store remodel.
Earth Fare’s Johnson City location has been at its current building off of West State of Franklin Road since 2008 in a shopping plaza owned by Mitch Cox Companies.
In a statement to News Channel 11 Monday morning, Mitch Cox said, ” “It’s very disappointing to hear this,” Cox said. “However, we still think this is a very viable location and we’re optimistic we’ll find somebody to take their place.”
News Channel 11 spoke with patrons of the store who said they are shocked and saddened by this news.
“They have great daily deals and I can get healthy food for what I can afford so I was really sad,” said Johnson City Resident, Hayley Wenner.
We even spoke with one woman who is from out of town but said she always makes time to stop in at the Johnson City Earthfare. “I love this store. It actually got me through when my husband was in the hospital and I ate here every day. We need more healthy stores, not less healthy stores,” said Kathy Postlewait.
Officials with Earthfare said they have 50 stores in total, all of which have begun the closing process as of Monday morning.
They said the process should take anywhere between 2-4 weeks but they expect all of the stores to be closed by the end of February.
The stores will not be receiving any new inventory and will be liquidating all of their current inventory stock in preparation for the closures.
While many customers are saddened by this news, they say they plan to take advantage of any closing deals. “I’ll like stock up on chips and crackers and a whole bunch of organic and non-perishable stuff,” said Wenner.
News Channel 11 reached out to employees of the store who also learned of this news Monday morning. They have no comment on the matter at this time.