May 2018

  • May
    31

Everything You Need to Know About the New Gardens Grocery Store

May 31, 2018

Earth Fare, a new grocery store on PGA Boulevard west of Military Trail, opens 7 a.m. Wednesday, May 30. The North Carolina-based grocery chain bans certain ingredients such as high fructose corn syrup, artificial colors and flavors and artificial fats. It carries some local coffee brands, such as Pumphouse and Oceana. (Sarah Peters/The Palm Beach Post)

Earth Fare, a new grocery store on PGA Boulevard west of Military Trail, opens 7 a.m. Wednesday, May 30. The North Carolina-based grocery chain bans certain ingredients such as high fructose corn syrup, artificial colors and flavors and artificial fats. It carries some local coffee brands, such as Pumphouse and Oceana. (Sarah Peters/The Palm Beach Post)

By Sarah Peters – Palm Beach Post Staff Writer

A small but growing North Carolina-based grocery chain that bans high fructose corn syrup, artificial fats and similar ingredients will open its first Palm Beach County store on PGA Boulevard Wednesday.

Earth Fare will open 7 a.m. in the Mainstreet at Midtown development just west of Military Trail. The first 500 shoppers will get gift cards for $5 and up, and one winner will get a $1,000 card. The celebration starts 6:45 a.m.

There will be a DJ, free coffee from Counter Culture and an apple giveaway from Allamanda Elementary School Principal Marilu Garcia, along with demonstrations and samples.

The first Earth Fare started in 1975 as a one-room shop in Asheville, North Carolina, known as “Dinner for the Earth,” the idea being that food grown in an ecologically-friendly way is good for Earth, spokeswoman Laurie Aker said.

The name changed to Earth Fare, and the store began opening other locations in the 1990s.

The 24,000-square-foot Palm Beach Gardens store will be Earth Fare’s 44th location and the ninth in Florida, Aker said. The chain spans 10 states, from Michigan to Florida.

Earth Fare CEO Frank Scorpiniti wouldn’t go into specifics on future plans for stores in Palm Beach County, but during an interview with The Palm Beach Post, he said there are several more planned in South Florida.

“This is a very vibrant community. We think consumers here are looking for the cleanest food to feed themselves and their families,” Scorpiniti said of the Palm Beach Gardens area. “There’s a lot of hustle here, a pretty dense population. This convenience helps them out quite a lot.”

A 25-member community advisory board of parents, city officials and medical professionals met before the store opening to help choose the selection of dairy products, grass-fed meat, seafood, produce and prepared food that will be available.

“That really helps us set the table,” Scorpiniti said.

The brand’s “boot list” of banned ingredients includes added hormones, antibiotics, artificial fats/transfats, high fructose corn syrup, artificial sweeteners, artificial preservatives, bleached or bromated flour and artificial colors or flavors. Even the red velvet cake in the bakery is made with beet juice instead of artificial coloring, Aker said.

There’s an emphasis on local products — local meaning from within 150 miles or less. Bags of Pumphouse and Oceana Coffee are on the shelves, and Funky Buddha beer is in the coolers.

Earth Fare has a partnership with Inland Seafood to get fresh fish, Aker said. The beef is grass-fed, and the sausage is made by hand.

An on-site wellness specialist is available to advise customers on everything from vitamins to makeup. All of the wellness and beauty products are cruelty-free, and some are vegan-friendly.

In its Heirloom Organic Cafe and Juice Bar, Earth Fare says it uses organic fruits, veggies and juices, with no sugar added.

In February, the company announced that it would remove genetically-modified organisms from its Earth Fare brand products.

Does Earth Fare’s approach mean the products are out of a thrifty shopper’s price range?

“There’s truly a little something for everyone’s budget and goals,” Aker said. “It’s all about making healthy eating affordable and accessible.”


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  • May
    31

Sprouts Plans Durham Opening Date

May 31, 2018

SSprouts opening in Durham By   – Staff Writer, Triangle Business Journal

Construction is progressing at a new Sprouts Farmers Market in south Durham, setting up the grocer to open this summer.

The Phoenix-based company has announced an opening date of Aug. 22 for its newest location. In the meantime, the company is on the hunt for employees. The grocer is looking to hire about 140 full- and part-time workers before its opening.

The new location, in the shell of a former Harris Teeter at 105 West Highway 54, is the company’s fourth in North Carolina. The first opened on Falls of Neuse Road in north Raleigh last year. Since then, two more stores have opened in Charlotte and Fayetteville.

The south Durham Sprouts store will total 30,000 square feet, which is a smaller-than-typical footprint that representative Kalia Pang says is part of the store’s strategy.

The grocer’s trademark layout concept is to set produce in the center of the store. “That’s the main traffic driver that we’re known for,” Pang says.

The concept will be employed at the south Durham store. The company has been eyeing expansion in the Triangle because of growing interest in fresh and organic produce in the area, Pang says.

The grocer offers regular and organic fruits and vegetables at a price range that is 20 percent to 25 percent below average, Pang says. She attributes the price reduction to the company’s long-standing relationship with its produce providers and its high volume of sales.

Sprouts is the latest grocer to make inroads in the Triangle. Publix, Wegmans and Aldi have all been seeking to enter and expand in the market in recent years.

Read the entire story and view the slideshow here: https://www.bizjournals.com/triangle/news/2018/05/29/sprouts-plans-durham-opening-date.html?ana=e_ae_set4&s=article_du&ed=2018-05-30&u=bDc2yLp2gk5tgmJVY0asZA069e2813&t=1527719229&j=81865361 

  • May
    11

Hunter Halten Joins Ram Realty Advisors in Fort Lauderdale Office

May 11, 2018

 

May 11, 2018

Hunter Halten, Ram Realty AdvisorsFort Lauderdale, FL – Ram Realty Advisors, a leading developer and real estate investment manager focused in the Southeast, is pleased to announce a key new hire: Hunter Halten joined the firm’s Fort Lauderdale office as Director of Development.  Hunter comes to Ram with over 10 years of design and development experience, and moving forward will direct development of multifamily and mixed-use projects in South Florida.  He will report to Hugo Pacanins.

“South Florida’s growth has opened doors to exciting opportunities, to which Ram’s impressive and varied pipeline of Class-A projects is testament’” said Hunter. “Institutional investors trust Ram to deliver exceptional assets, and I’m honored to join the team.”

In his 10 years in the industry, Hunter amassed a wide range of valuable experience.  After earning a Bachelor’s Degree in Civil Engineering from Duke University, and a Master’s Degree in Real Estate Development & Urbanism from the University of Miami, Hunter joined Odebrecht USA, where he managed a public-private partnership with Miami International Airport.  Most recently, Hunter was a valuable member of AHS Residential, where he led the development of nearly 2,000 multifamily units in projects throughout South Florida.

“We’re committed to growing our multifamily and mixed-use portfolio throughout the Southeast US and I believe that Hunter has the perfect combination of experience, knowledge, and relationships to lead that effort,” said Hugo Pacanins, Managing Director, Residential Development at Ram. “Hunter has a strong track record across all aspects of Ram’s business, as well as a strong working knowledge in the markets where we are active. We’re pleased to have him on our team.”

 

ABOUT RAM

Founded in 1978, Ram Realty Advisors is an affiliated group of companies and partnerships that acquire and develop retail, multifamily, and mixed-use properties in select high-growth markets in the Southeast. The company capitalizes investments primarily with Ram-sponsored discretionary private equity funds. Since 1996, the company has deployed in excess of $2.5 billion of capital. Ram is headquartered in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida and has offices in Fort Lauderdale, Florida; Charlotte, North Carolina; and Durham, North Carolina.

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  • May
    2

Laura Marquez Joins Ram Realty Advisors in Palm Beach Gardens, FL Headquarters

May 2, 2018

May 2, 2018

Laura Marquez, Ram Realty AdvisorsPalm Beach Gardens, FL – Ram Realty Advisors, a leading developer and real estate investment manager focused in the Southeast, is pleased to announce a key new hire: Laura Marquez joined the firm’s Palm Beach Gardens headquarters as Fund Controller. Laura comes to Ram with over 10 years of experience and, moving forward will lead the Fund Accounting team in its multiple accounting and reporting functions. She will report to Brianna Ellis.

“Through the years, RAM has demonstrated strong leadership, values, and growth, and I am excited to join such a high caliber team and provide my support and industry knowledge as the company continues to grow and evolve,” said Laura.

Over the last decade in the real estate industry, Laura amassed a wide range of valuable experience. After earning a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, with a major in Accounting, from the University of Puerto Rico, Laura joined Estefan Enterprises Inc., a music and television production, hospitality, and property management company located in Miami, FL. In 2013, Laura earned a Master’s Degree in Forensic Accounting from Florida Atlantic University and shortly after became a Certified Public Accountant in the State of Florida. Most recently, for the last five years Laura was a valuable member of Rialto Capital Management, a prominent real estate investment company, where she was responsible for managing multiple accounting and reporting aspects of various real estate investment funds with aggregate assets under management of over $1 billion.

“As Ram continues to grow its real estate portfolio throughout the Southeast US, Laura brings a great skill set and the perfect combination of experience, knowledge, and relationships to bolster that effort,” said Brianna Ellis, Ram’s Fund Controller. “Laura will work closely with me and the Fund Accounting team to provide exceptional accounting and reporting to the partners in our real estate investment funds. We are really excited to have Laura on the team.”

 

ABOUT RAM

Founded in 1978, Ram Realty Advisors is an affiliated group of companies and partnerships that acquire and develop retail, multifamily, and mixed-use properties in select high-growth markets in the Southeast. The company capitalizes investments primarily with Ram-sponsored discretionary private equity funds. Since 1996, the company has deployed in excess of $2.5 billion of capital. Ram is headquartered in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida and has offices in Fort Lauderdale, Florida; Charlotte, North Carolina; and Durham, North Carolina.

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MEDIA CONTACT:

Kelly Owens
Alchemy Communications Group
ko@alchemycommgroup.com
office: 561.935.9953 x. 101
mobile: 561.222.4958