Earth Fare, an organic supermarket chain, opened recently in town and went to check it out. I found it to be very similar to The Fresh Market we already have in town, except there were free samples on a few things and they did have fresh pasta, salad bar and a bulk sugar scrub/bath salts.
They had an olive bar, a dessert and organic meats like they did at The Fresh Market and they even have some of their spices in envelopes in little cubby holes just like Fresh Market does.
I thought about maybe trying out the sugar or bath salts, and although .99 cents might not sound expensive, I put one of small pre-made up containers on scale and it was 6 ounces. Yikes. It seems higher than what you would get at Bath and Body Works (although actually it is much cheaper to make on you own at home).
I heard one shopper comment that it seemed to be the same thing you could get at your regular grocery except higher priced and part of that I would have to agree with. Some of the items were the same thing you could purchase in a regular store for less money.
I was disappointed not to see more of a variety of fresh fruit and vegetables, but the sample of both the watermelon and pineapple I tried were fresh and tasted great.
On thing I didn’t like that the health/beauty area on the back right of the store was so closely packed together. Several time I couldn’t and had to back out the aisle and go around if someone with a cart had stopped to look at something. Sometimes I felt I was in someone’s way and other times that they were in mine which does not make for a comfortable shopping experience The aisle were wide in the back left of the store and out would seem it would be a better plan to space things out a little more evenly.
They did have a 3 gallon glass jug of Apple Juice for $7.77 that was a good deal and I was going to pick up but the line was taking too long and we had to get going.
For me personally, I will stick with visiting our local 3 Rivers Co-Op as far as anything health food or organic as they have a better bulk foods/spices/tea selections and although don’t have a salad bar, they do have deli and a hot bar.
Also, it is not really worth the drive across town and the prices seem to be about the same.