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Longtime Charlotte grocer to close Davidson store

A customer looks for organic snacks at Healthy Home Market in Charlotte in a 2011 photo. The grocer is closing its Davidson store this week.
A customer looks for organic snacks at Healthy Home Market in Charlotte in a 2011 photo. The grocer is closing its Davidson store this week. ogaines@charlotteobserver.com

Longtime Charlotte grocer Healthy Home Market is closing its Davidson store, a move that will result in the loss of 27 jobs.

The closure comes about two months after the organic foods grocer put itself up for sale. An inventory liquidation sale started last weekend of the 20,000 square-foot store at 261 Griffith St., owner John Bauer told the Observer in an email. The closing is taking place over the next week.

Following the store’s closure, 17 full-time and 10 part-time employees will lose their jobs – the company is not able to transfer them to its two other stores, Bauer added.

“It has been a difficult time for our family business and especially difficult for those employees who have lost their jobs. I am hopeful that our near term future decisions will be positive for all,” Bauer said.

Bauer said the company plans to allocate resources instead to its Plaza Midwood and Galleria stores. The search for a buyer for Healthy Home Market is ongoing, he added.

“By condensing to two stores, we will be able to get our inventory levels back to a normal state which will improve our customer experience,” Bauer said.

Healthy Home Market opened as “Home Economist Market” in 1979, when home economics was a subject widely offered in schools. The chain’s name was changed to Healthy Home Market in 2008.

Healthy Home Market earlier this year opened a new store in Lenoir that closed after just six months in business because of disappointing sales. The grocer had a store on South Boulevard that was razed in 2015 to make way for a new Harris Teeter-anchored. The market reopened in Plaza Midwood on Central Avenue.

Katherine Peralta: 704-358-5079, @katieperalta

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