Earth Fare organic supermarket coming in 2015 to Gainesville

Earth Fare, an organic supermarket, is coming to Gainesville in 2015. They have stated their new location will be located along Archer Road. 

From The Gainesville Sun

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Earth Fare, an organic supermarket chain, is expected to open a Gainesville store in February 2015, said Brian Kaufman, manager of the Tallahassee location.

Kaufman said the store is coming to Archer Road, but he did not confirm an exact location. Earth Fare representatives did not respond to a request for comment.

One possible location is the University Towne Center along Southwest 34th Street near Archer Road. An expansion project on 5.3 acres of vacant land east of Carrabba’s is bringing in new tenants, and Nick Banks, managing director of Front Street Commercial Real Estate Group, said in January that the developer was working with a grocer and national retailer.

Steven Siegel, president of Argate Properties in Miami Beach, the developer working on the University Towne Center project, said construction should begin by early August and the first space should be delivered to a tenant by February or March 2015.

Siegel said he’s negotiating with a possible tenant, but he did not release any names. Plans for the remainder of the land are still under discussion.

“It’s kind of fluid at this point. As you can appreciate, our first objective is to nail down anchor space,” he said.

Siegel said he has had his eye on Gainesville for several years, especially this very location.

Earth Fare describes itself as a healthy supermarket known for its strict food philosophy, which bans products with high fructose corn syrup, trans fats, artificial colors and sweeteners, and synthetic growth hormones, according to its website. Products that aren’t allowed on its shelves are added to the “boot list.”

Based in Fletcher, N.C., Earth Fare has 31 locations in nine states. Kaufman said the chain is looking to expand to other Florida regions from its one location in Tallahassee.

 

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Nick Banks

Nick created Front Street Commercial Real Estate Group in 2002 and spent the first eight years developing and acquiring office and retail projects in South Florida as well as North Central Florida. In 2010 the focus of the firm was shifted to primarily serve third party clients and perform brokerage, property management and mortgage banking functions. Nick has personally developed and acquired nearly 200,000 square feet of office and retail properties in markets throughout Florida. Prior to founding Front Street, Nick was the Director of Finance and Dispositions for Stiles Corporation in Fort Lauderdale where he financed and sold over $500 million in commercial real estate. Before joining Stiles, Nick was an Associate Director at GE Capital Real Estate where he sourced over $200 million in financing throughout Florida. Nick is a graduate of the University of Florida with a degree in Finance and a concentration in Real Estate. He serves as a board member and current vice-chair for the United Way of North Central Florida where he also chairs the Development Committee. Nick is actively involved with the Gainesville Area Chamber of Commerce where he serves as a board member and committee member for the Council for Economic Outreach. He is also a recent graduate of Leadership Gainesville which is a year long leadership program hosted by the Chamber. He is a member of Grace United Methodist Church where he has served as finance chair and as a member of the leadership council. Nick serves as an advisory board member of the University of Florida Bergstrom Center for Real Estate Studies. Nick was recently named chair of the Gainesville committee for the North Florida chapter of Urban Land Institute (ULI). He is a licensed real estate broker in the State of Florida and is a long time member of the International Council of Shopping Centers.

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