Louisville, KY. (WDRB News) -- The push for healthy eating continues to fuel the growth of local organic grocery stores.
Two such stores are opening later this summer. Preparations are underway at The Summit for a new natural and organic grocery store. The Earth Fare grocery chain out of Asheville, North Carolina is opening its 28th location, the first one in Kentucky.
"People will find a full service grocery store here," says Amanda Arnet, with Earth Fare marketing.
The grocery chain says it prides itself with a strict food philosophy that bans unhealthy ingredients in its stores. "What customers won't find," says Arnet, "are products with artificial fats or trans fat, products with artificial colors, flavors, and preservatives; that is what sets up apart from the competition."
So one may wonder if there is room for another healthy foods grocery store in the Louisville area. Ron Smith thinks there is. He is the owner of the Root Cellar, a small fresh produce store in Old Louisville. "The more food businesses we have the better off for the whole community," he says.
Smith is getting ready to open a second location in the Germantown neighborhood. He says he stocks his store with only farm-fresh products grown within a 150-mile radius of Louisville.
Earth Fare says it too works with local producers. "We have a program where we draw some of our products from a hundred miles from our store," explains Arnet, "we have already lined up several vendors and plan on having more."
Earth Fair is holding a job fair next Monday through Wednesday at the Spring Hill Suites Northeast off Hurstbourne Parkway. The store needs between 50 to 70 employees some part-time, some full-time.
The Earth Fare store opens Wednesday August 8.
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