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A New Tenant For Borders

Supermarket will move into vacant Royalton Road store

Rumors about Earth Fare moving into the former Borders store on Royalton Road have been confirmed.

Kristi Kanzig, assistant director of marketing for the Asheville, N.C.-based chain, said the company has just signed a lease for the site.

Kanzig said it is too early to speculate on when Earth Fare, which bills itself as a "healthy supermarket," might open.

She said the stores typically employ 70 to 90 full- and half-time workers.

Earth Fare operates 28 stores in eight states -- including Fairview Park and -- and offers natural foods like local and organic fruits and vegetables. The store also has a full-service meat, poultry and fish department.

It does not carry any items containing high-fructose corn syrup, trans fats, artificial colors and sweeteners, or synthetic growth hormones in meat and milk.

The confirmation comes after months of speculation that the company was negotiating for the former Borders site.

The company said earlier this year it was interested in coming to Strongsville, but did not specify where.

around the vacant Borders store, with many saying they had heard Earth Fare was moving in, and others saying they heard it would be a Trader Joe's.

Economic Development Director Brent Painter said in January  and said the plaza's real estate agent was in lease negotiations at that time.

 after the company declared bankruptcy and liquidated its assets.

Michelle Hennis August 21, 2012 at 01:13 PM
I go to the EarthFare in Fairview Park on a regular basis...so excited there will be one closer to home!
JD August 21, 2012 at 01:42 PM
Yay! I'm so glad I won't have to drive for a half hour to shop there anymore. I'm anxiously awaiting the opening!
Carol Cazzarin August 21, 2012 at 01:49 PM
What a great addition to our Community. It's nice I won't have to go to Fairlawn/Fairview Park anymore.
Elaine Taylor August 21, 2012 at 06:48 PM
Great food choices for everyone - and many items for vegetarians!
Ann August 21, 2012 at 06:55 PM
Count me in! I agree with above comments. It will be GREAT to have EarthFare around the corner!!! : )
Georgeanne Taghizadeh August 22, 2012 at 12:28 AM
Woo-Hoo -- been driving to East side Whole Foods for years! So excited to have a "healthy supermarket" in the area.
Rich August 22, 2012 at 02:08 AM
Can someone tell me what this store has that Giant Eagle, Heinans, Marcs, Aldi and Walmart does not ? Just anothjer grocery store in an already saturated market. Couldn't they find something that we already do not have ?
Matthew M August 22, 2012 at 10:26 AM
Rather than someone telling you what this store offers compared to another.... Why don't you take 5 minutes and google it. There is a very big difference between them. Comparing Earth Fare to an Aldi's is like comparing a Kia to Porsche. Yeah there both cars but.......
jiim may September 06, 2012 at 11:15 AM
Thanks for that informative response, matthew!!!

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