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Good Earth grocery store closing on Main Street
Good Earth grocery store closing on Main Street

Sarasota, Florida -- With the acquisition of Good Earth Grocery store by Richard’s Foodporium (formerly Richard’s Whole Foods), the Main Street store will be closing, effective April 30. 

“While we love the Main Street location, Richard’s has another already established store very close by,” said John Rorer, owner of Richard’s Foodporium.  “In addition, the 12,000-square-foot space does not fit in to our typical marketing and branding strategy. For these reasons, we will not turn the existing Good Earth store into another Richard’s Whole Foods.” 

With below a market vacancy rate of 8%, Main Street has generated significant interest recently, demonstrated by two new businesses slated to open their doors this summer.  The Viking Cooking School is scheduled to open in August and Urban Accents, a home goods store will also be opening soon. 

The former Good Earth space will be reconfigured to accommodate several businesses. LWR Commercial Realtors have noticed a trend that has business owners becoming more conscious of the size of their stores, with less space being more sustainable. 

“With the recent economic challenges, it’s become difficult to support a 12,000-square-foot space — regardless of what type of business it is,” said Brian Kennelly, president of LWR Commercial Realty. “Just like people are downsizing their homes, business owners are downsizing as well, which is why we have decided to break that up into multiple spaces. We are excited by the opportunity to repurpose this prime space to meet market demands.” 

The Premier Sports Campus of Lakewood Ranch will take a portion of the former Good Earth space, turning it into a multi-use sports performance and training center for use by athletes visiting the campus. The center will also be open to the public via memberships. 

LWR Commercial Realty already also has a letter of intent from another popular casual restaurant slated to take up another portion. 

Construction of both of the new businesses is slated to begin in July for openings in November.

The remaining space will be able to accommodate two-to-three additional tenants.