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The Dayton Daily News reports that in Centerville, Ohio, a suburb of Dayton, Earth Fare has decided to close down the store that it opened there just four years ago, citing poor performance.

The story notes that the Earth Fare store has "faced a sudden influx of competition in the last year with the opening of other specialty grocers in southern Montgomery and in Greene counties, including a Whole Foods Market store in Washington Twp. and two Fresh Thyme Farmers Market stores in Beavercreek and in the Sugarcreek Twp./Centerville area. Meanwhile, large chains such as Kroger and Walmart are devoting more shelf space to organic and other healthy products that Earth Fare specializes in."
KC's View:
I find it interesting that the paper did not mention Dorothy Lane Markets, which has a store just a couple of minutes from the failed Earth Fare location. I know a little bit about Dorothy Lane, and there are two things I am absolutely sure of. One is that it has better, tastier food than Earth Fare. (This is easy, since Dorothy Lane has better, tastier food than pretty much everybody.) The second is that the folks at DLM are extremely tough competitors ... and they are never complacent about competition or their own aura or tradition. Never.