Tuesday, June 25, 2024

Earth Fare grocery store on schedule for early summer opening in Williamsburg

Construction on Earth Fare is ongoing ahead of their summer opening. In the meantime, the grocer is looking to hire more than 100 local residents for their new store. (Andrew Harris/WYDaily)
Construction on the new Earth Fare grocery store is underway. The store should open in summer. (Andrew Harris/WYDaily)

The Earth Fare grocery store in Williamsburg is still on track to open in early summer, the company says.

The store, which will feature organic and natural foods, is part of the Midtown Row redevelopment plan that will transform the former Monticello and Williamsburg shopping centers into a mixed-use development.

The Williamsburg Earth Fare store will be managed by David Berger, who spent nine years with Whole Foods before joining the grocery chain in March 2017.

Berger told WYDaily that he is eager to move to Williamsburg. Berger has been living in Charlottesville.

“We’re looking forward very much to coming in,” he said. “Customers can expect the best in customer service and fresh food all around.”

In addition to organic groceries, Berger said the store will include a prepared food area with hot foods and a salad bar. It also will include a juice bar offering certified organic smoothies and juices, as well as coffee and other fresh beverages.

Earth Fare operates 46 stores in 10 states, including in Roanoke and Fairfax in Virginia.

Founded in 1975 in Asheville, North Carolina, the store onlys sell products that are free of high-fructose corn syrup, trans fats and artificial fats, colors, preservatives or sweeteners.

The Williamsburg store is expected to employ about 130 workers. The company will host a job fair next month to fill those positions.

Midtown Row is being developed by Maryland-based Broad Street Realty. It will feature several five-story buildings, each housing residential apartments above ground-floor retail stores and restaurants. Midtown will also include a public plaza and is designed to be pedestrian-friendly.

Brynn Jacoby, Broad Street’s director of marketing, said the Earth Fare store remains on schedule to open within the next few months.

“We’re still excited for them to open,” she said.

Earth Fare’s job fair is scheduled for 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. May 19-22 at the Fairfield Inn and Suites on Richmond Road.

Applicants should be prepared to talk about their qualifications and scheduling availability. Both full-time and part-time positions are available.

On-site interviews will be conducted, and appointments are not necessary.

WY Daily archives were used for this story.

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Bryan DeVasher
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Bryan DeVasher is the managing editor-digital of WYDaily. A resident of Hampton Roads for more than two decades, he has worked for news organizations in Virginia, Illinois, Missouri and Indiana. He most recently was a member of the public relations staff for Virginia State Police.

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