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Earth Fare to shut all stores: Asheville-born natural grocery chain announced Monday

Organic as well as all-natural foods chain Planet Price to close all of its stores


John Boyle


Asheville Person Times
Published 11:37 AM EST Feb 3, 2020
Earth Fare, the organic and also healthy foods chain that started in Asheville, introduced Feb. 3, 2020 that it will certainly close all stores. The South Asheville store got a significant overhaul in 2016.
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ASHEVILLE– Earth Price, the domestic all-natural as well as natural grocery chain, will shut all of its shops and also start liquidation sales, pointing out a failure to re-finance financial debt and also sales challenges.

Planet Price announced the closure plans Monday, Feb. 3, and claimed its employees have actually been alerted of the pending closures as component of the Employee Adjustment and Retraining Alert Act, according to a press launch. The U.S. Department of Labor imposes the act.

” Planet Fare has been honored to offer the all-natural and also natural grocery market, as well as the choice to start the process of closing our shops was not entered into gently,” the firm claimed in a declaration. “We wish to thank our group members for their dedication as well as commitment to offering our clients, as well as our vendors as well as suppliers for their collaboration.”

Planet Price, which began in Asheville in 1975, has actually tried “various tactical efforts targeted at development as well as development and enhancing the consumer experience” in current years, the company claimed. Yet it was inadequate.

” While most of these efforts improved the business, proceeded difficulties in the retail market hampered the company’s progression in addition to its capacity to re-finance its financial obligation,” the statement reads. “Therefore, Earth Price is not in a financial placement to continue to run on a go-forward basis.

” As such, we have actually made the difficult, however required choice to commence stock liquidation sales while we proceed to take part in a process to locate possible suitors for our stores.”

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Earth Price has 2 stores in Asheville, one in the Westgate Shopping Center as well as another on Hendersonville Roadway in South Asheville.

Company creator Roger Derrough, 68, said Feb. 3 he was “completely in shock.” In 2007, Derrough as well as his business associates marketed Earth Price, then a 13-store chain, to a Boston company.

” I had no idea this was coming,” said Derrough, that still stays in Asheville. “It absolutely appears like they might’ve been making better decisions the last pair of years.”

” I do not know why this snuck up on them, or if (their parent company) is so big they can just compose this off,” Derrough continued. “It looks like there would’ve been some less complicated method to progress than to just sell off.”

Earth Price restored its South Asheville store in 2015-16, consisting of the exterior. Established in Asheville in 1975, the chain revealed Feb. 3, 2020 it will certainly be shutting.

A manager at the Westgate store validated the shop would certainly close yet had no more details. Derrough began Supper From the Planet in a tiny block store on Merrimon Avenue before moving to where Moog Songs Inc. currently has its manufacturing center on Broadway Street.” We were a tiny business– we understood the employees, and we were a healthy and balanced lifestyle firm,” Derrough claimed in a 2016 meeting.

Published 11:37 AM EST Feb 3, 2020

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