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Colorado Springs Whole Foods closes earlier than expected

March 7, 2017 Updated: March 8, 2017 at 7:31 am
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Whole Foods has announced it will close it’s store at First and Main in Colorado Springs. The store was still open for business Thursday, February 9, 2017. Photo by Mark Reis, The Gazette

Whole Foods Market Inc. on Tuesday closed its northeast side Colorado Springs store.

The Austin, Texas,-based grocery announced last month that it was closing nine stores in seven states after a sixth consecutive quarter of sagging sales at established stores.

The closing of the Springs store, part of the First & Main Town Center near Powers Boulevard and South Carefree Circle, took place a month earlier than Whole Foods had announced. It wasn't immediately known why the store closed earlier than expected.

Whole Foods has a second location in the Springs at the Chapel Hills East retail center on North Academy Boulevard. That store will remain open.

Whole Foods courts shoppers who like healthier and higher-end products, but it's faced increased competition in recent years from Sprouts Farmers Market, Natural Grocers and other comparable stores. Meanwhile, Safeway, King Soopers and other traditional groceries also have ramped up their organic and natural offerings and pose another layer of competition.

Whole Foods opened at First & Main in 2008; it originally was a Wild Oats grocery, but was converted after Whole Foods acquired Wild Oats.

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