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Fresh Abundance closes South Hill grocery store

Sat., May 23, 2009, 8:49 a.m.

A small South Hill store operated by Fresh Abundance closed this week to allow the fresh and organic foods grocer to focus on two other locations, said BrightSpirit Hendrix, the company’s president.

Hendrix and her husband, Jacque Hendrix, launched the first of three food centers six years ago. Their location in a South Hill residence started as a place for neighborhood home delivery of fresh food. As demand grew, Fresh Abundance opened a storefront. The couple closed it Monday.

Hendrix said the operation at 1001 W. 25th was never intended to be a grocery store, and customers told them that the experience was less than satisfying. Over the past few months they lost money trying to keep it open, she added.

“We would never have picked that location for a grocery store,” she said. With the change in the economy, sales “just fell off the cliff,” she said.

“We realized it was draining the entire project and we needed to focus our energy on what’s really working,” she said.

Fresh Abundance has 10 workers and still operates a grocery at 2015 N. Division and a farmers market store at 3324 S. Best Road in Spokane Valley.

“We feel fortunate to still be alive” as a business in a tight economy, she said.

Dairy and produce are the largest volume items the company sells. Fresh Abundance sells organic produce and fresh food produced locally and food items from growers across the country.

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