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Earth Fare To Close Its Stores, Including Four In Tampa Bay

Front of an Earth Fare store
Earth Fare has four locations in Tampa Bay – in Lutz, Oldsmar, Seminole and Lakewood Ranch. GOOGLE";

Organic grocery chain Earth Fare, with four locations in the Tampa Bay area, says it is closing all of its stores, saying it can't refinance its debt and it faces sales challenges.

The Asheville Citizen-Times reports the chain said in a news release that workers at its stores across the South, and in Indiana, Michigan and Ohio, have been notified of the pending closures as part of the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act.

Earth Fare, which started in 1975, said it has tried “numerous strategic initiatives” in recent years, but it wasn't enough.

The statement said the chain would continue to look for potential suitors for its stores.

Earth Fare has four locations in Tampa Bay – in Lutz, Oldsmar, Seminole and Lakewood Ranch.