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Earth Fare, 3312 Devine Street Suite B: February 2020 (Open Again)   5 comments

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I didn't go there too often, but I liked Earth Fare. It was kind of in between The Fresh Market (one of my main go-tos) and Whole Foods, but without being obnoxious like Whole Foods.

As The State reported, the chain announced on 3 February 2020 that they were going into liquidation and closing all stores:

In a news release Monday, the Asheville-based company pointed to “challenges in the retail industry” that have kept the company from expanding and improving and have hindered “its ability to refinance its debt.”

“As a result, Earth Fare is not in a financial position to continue to operate on a go-forward basis. As such, we have made the difficult, but necessary decision to commence inventory liquidation sales while we continue to engage in a process to find potential suitors for our stores,” the company said in its release.

As of yesterday (16 February 2020), the store was still open, but I did not go inside to see how picked-over it was.

UPDATE 14 August 2020 -- The new owners are apparently about ready to reopen. The shelves are stocked with non-perishables, and they are hiring:




UPDATE 20 August 2020 -- Open again:


Written by ted on February 17th, 2020

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5 Responses to 'Earth Fare, 3312 Devine Street Suite B: February 2020 (Open Again)'

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  1. I have a recollection of reading in an old article some years ago that this was a Winn Dixie at one point (but I myself never shopped there) but I only went to Earth Fare once or twice...


    19 Feb 20 at 7:47 pm

  2. This spot was indeed a Winn-Dixie prior to Earth Fare renovating the space. I know it was still Winn-Dixie as late as the mid to late 90s. I think it closed when Winn-Dixie left Columbia altogether.


    21 Feb 20 at 12:20 pm

  3. Awww... I loved this place! So sad to see it go. Went shopping there about 2-3 weeks ago, got my last taste of their delicious snacks...


    28 Feb 20 at 3:25 pm

  4. Mr BO

    11 Apr 20 at 7:32 pm

  5. The new Earth Fare has relaunched their website and lists the old Columbia location as "Coming Soon."


    14 Jul 20 at 9:38 pm

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