HEALTHY FOOD COMING TO FORT MILL
If you’ve driven past Len Patterson Road lately, you may have noticed construction and a “Coming Soon” sign for Earth Fare – the newest grocery store to arrive in Fort Mill, opening October 13th. Asheville, NC-based Earth Fare has been on a mission to bring healthy food to everyone for over 40 years. “For us, it’s a passion,” said Earth Fare president and CEO Frank Scorpiniti. “Healthy food improves lives, and our entire team is passionate about providing communities with better access to healthier, affordable food.”
A Food Philosophy is Born
It’s easy to question the authenticity of terms like “healthy” and “natural” these days, but Earth Fare is the real thing. The roots of its Food Philosophy started more than 40 years ago in a tiny storefront in Asheville. The modest shop offered a simple selection of bulk foods and wellness items. It was the town’s first natural food store, and it had an ambitious mission: let people take control of their health with real food.
Earth Fare grew from a storefront into a full supermarket at a time when convenience and cheap food ruled, and artificial ingredients were on the rise in the food industry. The need to better define “real food” became apparent. In 1993, Earth Fare rose to the challenge and began to define its Food Philosophy, starting with the ban of hydrogenated oils.
The boldness of the Food Philosophy worked – it turned out that people didn’t want to eat fake ingredients. Over the years, the company’s philosophy continued to evolve, and now mandates that high fructose corn syrup, artificial fats and trans-fats, added hormones, artificial sweeteners, bleached or bromated flour, antibiotics, artificial preservatives, and artificial colors and flavors are all banned from the store’s food products. “Earth Fare’s Food Philosophy creates the cleanest assortment of the best tasting food compared to any other grocery retailer in North America,” said Rich Ramey, vice president of merchandising. “We are proud to provide the healthiest assortment in a convenient, full shop, friendly atmosphere.
The Boot List
Shopping at most grocery stores these days isn’t as simple as picking up your favorite items. With so many hard-to-pronounce, artificial ingredients on the labels, it’s easy to walk away confused. At Earth Fare, they read the labels so you don’t have to. Its list of banned items, called the “Boot List”, regulates the brand’s Food Philosophy and has grown to include over 100 ingredients, which you can find at www.earthfare.com/BootList.
A Healthy Selection
With so many banned ingredients out of the way, Earth Fare has plenty of room for healthy food. Front and center of the store is the produce department, naturally. According to the company, it carries the most organic and non-GMO in the industry and the organic integrity goes even further; the fresh vegetable “wet” wall is sprayed with only filtered, reverse osmosis water and team members take care to separate organic when stacking.
A commitment to organic and non-GMO is evident throughout the store. In fact, all 1,000+ Earth Fare private brand food products are made with only non-GMO ingredients. The store boasts over 4,000 additional non-GMO items storewide, with over 1,000 gluten-free products, and a wide assortment to meet other dietary needs as well. The meat and seafood department carries an impressive array of grass-fed beef and 100% sustainably-sourced seafood. And if the store doesn’t have the catch you’re looking for, it fulfills custom orders within 48 hours.
At 24,000 square feet (a big jump from their first humble 1,200 square foot storefront), the Fort Mill Earth Fare will include a full service Heirloom Juice Bar and Café, featuring all fresh juices, smoothies, and coffee. If grab and go is more your speed, an extensive prepared foods department awaits, with a fresh salad and hot bar and ready-to-go packaged meals. (Insider Tip: the store offers $5 Whole Roasted Chickens every Monday!)
Last but not least is the bakery with a gorgeous display of fresh-baked goods, including traditional French macarons, a 98¢ non-GMO baguette, and several artisan bread options. Best of all, Earth Fare offers this wide array of healthy food at an affordable price, with even more savings available through their Healthy Rewards loyalty program and a Weekly Email Flyer.
“The Fort Mill community deserves a place where they can shop for their families confidently, knowing that their carts are full of only the healthiest, tastiest foods at a price they can afford, and we are thrilled to provide that confidence,” said Frank Scorpiniti.
Live Longer With Earth Fare
According to Scorpiniti, the driving force behind Earth Fare’s steadfast commitment to making Clean, healthy food accessible to all is a genuine desire to empower consumers to take back control of their health through their food choices. In January 2017, the company launched the Live Longer With Earth Fare campaign after the National Center for Health Statistics revealed that life expectancy for Americans in 2015 declined for the first time in more than two decades. “We believe—and science supports us—that the better you eat the healthier, happier and longer life you can live,” said Scorpiniti. “We are advocates for healthy eating, and want all Americans to experience the difference Clean eating can make.”
The Fort Mill store marks the sixth store in South Carolina and the fifth in the greater-Charlotte area. The chain currently operates more than 40 stores in 10 states, with several more new stores planned in the next year. Visit the Fort Mill Earth Fare, opening this Fall. Hours will be 7am – 11pm daily.
OPENING OCTOBER 13, 2018
2351 Len Patterson Rd
Fort Mill, SC 29708
About Earth Fare Fort Mill
Founded in 1975 in Asheville, North Carolina, Earth Fare is the authentic specialty organic and natural healthy grocery store that is committed to improving peoples' lives by making it easy to live a healthier lifestyle. Our vast organic, natural, fresh and wellness assortment incorporates the highest food Quality Standards in the industry while providing compelling value, friendly and knowledgeable service, and a superior customer experience. Earth Fare’s full-service grocery stores are located throughout the Southeast, Mid-Atlantic and Mid-West regions. Our rapid expansion plan sets the stage for accelerated growth and investment in the Earth Fare brand experience.