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Emily Nickels
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January 10, 2017

LAKEWOOD RANCH RESIDENTS ARE INVITED TO
LIVE LONGER WITH EARTH FARE® ON JANUARY 27

ASHEVILLE, NC – Lakewood Ranch residents will start off the new year by discovering what thousands of shoppers in the Midwest and Southeast already know—that the healthy offerings at Earth Fare can help you lead a healthier, happier, longer life. Earth Fare, the authentic specialty organic and natural food grocery store and full-service supermarket, invites the community to join them for a Grand Opening celebration on Saturday, January 27 as they open their newest location at the corner of State Road 70 and Lakewood Ranch Boulevard. This will be the 46th Earth Fare location nationwide, and the eighth in Florida.

The Grand Opening celebration kicks off just before 7 a.m. on Saturday, January 27 with a ribbon cutting ceremony followed by an entire day filled with fun for the whole family, including a mystery gift card giveaway valued at up to $1,000 to the first 500 shoppers in line, exciting contests and giveaways, free samples, product demonstrations, live music, and more. The festivities will continue through opening week with promotions, raffles, product samples, and family-friendly entertainment. Sign-up to learn more about opening week events, specials, giveaways, and more. You can also follow along on Facebook.

“At Earth Fare, we are passionate about helping our communities make the connection between Clean foods and healthier, happier, longer lives,” said Earth Fare president and CEO Frank Scorpiniti. “Since 1975, we’ve been proudly helping shoppers make healthier food choices easy and enjoyable, and we take great pride in expanding our presence to the Lakewood Ranch community.”

Beyond groceries, the 23,500 square-foot store will also feature Earth Fare’s Heirloom Organic Café and Juice Bar. The Heirloom Café features Certified Organic coffee, smoothies, and juices. Shoppers will also find organic choices at the salad bar, hot foods bar, pizza station, sandwich counter, and in conveniently packaged meals-on-the-go. The Café offers delicious options so shoppers can enjoy a homemade meal without the work, whether they are dining in the Café, or taking it home.

Earth Fare made headlines one year ago when they challenged Americans to take control of their health through their food choices and Live Longer With Earth Fare®. To further that commitment, Earth Fare launched the first edition of their healthy lifestyle magazine, The Clean Plate – a guide to eating Clean and living a healthier, longer life. Page by page, The Clean Plate walks the reader through why the Earth Fare difference matters by examining every category of the store, outlining Earth Fare’s approach to meat and seafood, pantry staples, prepared foods, bakery, specialty, wellness and beauty. The magazine also highlights many new Earth Fare Private Label products, giving shoppers the opportunity to make healthy choices at an incredible value.

Since 1975, Earth Fare has distinguished itself as a leader in the healthy foods industry by developing a unique Food Philosophy, ensuring that all products sold are free of a variety of unacceptable ingredients, found on Earth Fare’s Boot List. In addition, Earth Fare offers more than 1000 private brand food products sourced using only non-GMO ingredients, with more added to shelves each day.

Earth Fare is committed to providing healthy food to everyone, everywhere, and that means offering the Cleanest, healthiest assortment at an incredible value. With its Clean Food Security™ meal planner, shoppers can feed a family of four each weekday for an average for $2.50 per person. The brand also boasts a line of value-priced, all-natural cleaning products, wellness supplements, and knowledgeable store staff to help provide solutions to barriers to eating and living clean.

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 45 locations across 10 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, and superior shopping experience. It’s a philosophy that makes it easy to live a healthier lifestyle, every day.
Live Longer With Earth Fare.®

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