Business notes: Apr. 14

North Carolina-based organic grocery chain Earth Fare will hold a job fair next month to prepare for the opening of its new store in the Monticello Shopping Center.

The store, which is one of the first new stores to be announced for the upcoming Midtown Row mixed-use commercial area, is expected to open this summer, bringing its commitment to natural and organic foods to Williamsburg. The company’s president and CEO, Frank Scorpiniti, says he is excited to bring clean and healthy food to the city.

“Earth Fare is extremely excited to open its third Virginia location in Williamsburg,” Scorpiniti said. “When evaluating locations for future stores, our real estate team looks for thriving communities with a demonstrated interest in health and wellness. Williamsburg checks all of those boxes.”

Scorpiniti says the store’s strict rules against stocking foods containing high fructose corn syrup, bleached or bromated flour, antibiotics, growth hormones and artificial products including fats, trans-fats, colors, preservatives and sweeteners sets it apart from the competition.

“At Earth Fare, our commitment to clean, healthy natural and organic foods is unparalleled,” Scorpiniti said. “Our Williamsburg customers can shop confidently for their families, knowing that their cart is full of only the cleanest, healthiest foods.”

The job fair will be at the Fairfield Inn & Suites on 1402 Richmond Road from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. between May 19 and May 22. The company aims to hire 130 full-time and part-time employees across every department in the Williamsburg store.

“Job fair attendees should be prepared to talk about qualifications and provide schedule availability during on-site interviews at the fair,” said Earth Fare Vice President of Public Relations Beth George in a news release.

Interested applicants can apply at Appointments at the job fair are not required.

Tractor Supply Company at 119 Norge Lane will hold a “try before you buy” event this weekend, giving store customers a chance to learn more about the industrial equipment and power tools offered at the store. Customers will be invited to try out a variety of farming, gardening and power equipment at the store, with store employees also offering demonstrations of tools, including riding lawnmowers.

"Our goal is to ensure that every customer purchasing a piece of power equipment from our store walks out with a stronger knowledge of how to use it," said Shannon Hibl, manager of the Williamsburg Tractor Supply Company location.

The “try before you buy” event will take place from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday. For more information, call the store at 757-565-2786.

The Williamsburg Community Foundation has elected a new board chairman, as well as two additional members to its 2018-2019 Board of Trustees.

The organization, which focuses on leading fundraising efforts and distributing grants, scholarships and long-term endowment funds to charitable causes within the Williamsburg community, has distributed a total of $6.1 million in donations during the past 19 years.

Ronald E. Lodzieski will serve as the new chairman for the Board of Trustees and will lead the philanthropic organization in its investment efforts. Lodzieski also serves as the treasurer and chairman of the Finance Committee of the Williamsburg Landing and as an executive partner for the College of William and Mary.

Margaret Pritchard and Alison V. Lennarz have been elected as new members of the Board of Trustees. Pritchard is a published author with a focus on Virginia’s colonial history, and will continue as deputy chief curator for the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation. Lennarz will continue as an attorney with local law firm Kaufman & Canoles, P.C.

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