Blueprints give residents and city officials an idea of what the new Earth Fare location will look like.
OLDSMAR – Officials for North Carolina based organic grocery chain Earth Fare recently announced a fall 2017 grand opening for its new location at Woodlands Square Plaza in Oldsmar.
The 24,000-square-foot store will be located adjacent to Bealls on the eastern side of the Tampa Road shopping center and will serve as one of the anchor tenants of the plaza, which is currently undergoing extensive renovations.
“We are thrilled to have Earth Fare as one of the centerpiece tenants in this redevelopment,” Brian Maloney, managing director of retail for property developer RAM Realty, said in a press release announcing the news.
“We have received overwhelming support from the City of Oldsmar each step of the process and the residents will soon have new shopping, dining and entertainment options. All of this continues our commitment to making the places where we do business better.”
Founded in 1975 in Asheville, Earth Fare “has distinguished itself as a leader in the health foods industry by developing a unique Food Philosophy that informs every product offered in the store,” according to the release. “This Food Philosophy ensures that all products sold are free of high fructose corn syrup, artificial fats and trans-fats, artificial colors, artificial preservatives, artificial sweeteners, bleached or bromated flour, and are never administered antibiotics or growth hormones.”
The new store will reportedly feature an Heirloom Organic Juice Bar, featuring 100 percent organic coffees, smoothies and juices; a kitchen offering fresh, ready-to-go meal solutions, including a pizza station, salad bar, a sandwich counter and packaged meals to-go; and an indoor/outdoor, 80-seat café with free Wi-Fi.
“At Earth Fare, we believe the better you eat, the longer you live,” CEO Frank Scorpiniti said in the release. “Americans deserve a store where they can find all of the products they need to help their families lead longer, healthier lives, and we are looking forward to bringing our mission of providing healthy food for everyone to the Oldsmar community.”
Oldsmar Mayor Doug Bevis met with company officials soon after the announcement, and he came away from the introduction impressed with their commitment to the community.
“They’re very community involved,” Bevis said. “They met with representatives of the Chamber of Commerce, the Rotary Club. They want to be involved with the Woman’s Club. They’re big on educating people about the benefits of healthy eating. I think it’s another good (business) partner for Oldsmar.”
This will be the second Earth Fare store in the Tampa Bay area, following the opening of a location in Seminole in September 2016. Earth Fare currently operates 41 stores in nine states, including several in Florida.
In addition to Earth Fare, Woodlands Square will feature a mix of new and existing businesses; a remodeled AMC theater; exterior façade improvements; a reconfigured parking lot; and a new pathway to improve connectivity with nearby Canal Park.
Bevis said he believes the new store will fit in nicely with the new and existing businesses at the revamped plaza.
“I think it really goes good with the movie theater and PetSmart and some of the other stores in the plaza,” Bevis said. “I think the grocery business is a growing market and I think this is a good alternative to what’s out there.”