Thursday, September 21, 2023

Earth Fare is set to reopen. Here’s what you need to know

(WYDaily file)
(WYDaily file)

After months of closed doors, Earth Fare finally announced it is reopening Wednesday.

Earth Fare filed for chapter 11 bankruptcy and closed its doors back in February. In that time, multiple locations of the franchise were bought up by investors, including Dennis Hulsing and former co-owner Randy Talley.

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There will of course be some changes to ensure customer safety.

Earth Fare will be open under a limited capacity of around 300 patrons. Plexiglass dividers have been put up at checkout stations, and there are signs and floor markers reminding patrons to socially distance and wear their mask, said Ryan O’Berry, customer service representative.

The store has temporarily suspended the use of scoops in their bulk supplies section. Instead, items in those bulk bins will be pre-packaged for customers to pick up.

There is also limited seating in their cafe area to maintain six feet of social distance, and hand sanitizer stations will be available around the store.

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The hot bar and salad bars are also closed, but like the bulk items, these items will also be packaged individually for customers. O’Berry said Earth Fare’s goal is to have those stations available again in the next two to three weeks.

Like with all public establishments in Virginia, face masks are required.

If you have any questions, you can call the store directly at 757-383-8990.


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