Earth Fare is planning to open a new store in southwest Charlotte.
Plans filed with the city this week describe a 24,250 square-foot Earth Fare building and an adjacent parking lot at 14124 Steele Creek Rd., in the Rivergate development in Steele Creek.
The development will also include approximately 10,000 square-feet of retail, including a restaurant and offices, according to John Dosser, a partner with developer Childress Klein. The goal is to open the development in January 2019, he added. An Earth Fare spokeswoman declined to provide additional details about the store.
Across the street from the new Earth Fare is a handful of other big-name retailers, including Best Buy, Harris Teeter, Publix and T.J. Maxx.
Founded in Asheville in 1975, Earth Fare sells groceries free of additives, including high fructose corn syrup, added growth hormones and artificial fats. The grocer opened its latest area store last summer in Concord, and now operates five stores in the region.
Earth Fare's expansion comes as grocery competition continues to intensify throughout the Charlotte region.
Whole Foods, which was bought by Amazon last summer, opens its newest area store next month on Stonewall Street uptown, for instance. Phoenix grocer Sprouts opened its first Charlotte store last month in Ballantyne. Florida-based Publix, which entered the Charlotte market in 2014, is expected to open its latest area store soon in Cotswold.