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Earth's General Store to close downtown location

Owner apologizes for 'failing' Edmonton's downtown community.

Earth's General Store owner Michael Kalmanovitch outside the store's downtown location.

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Earth's General Store owner Michael Kalmanovitch outside the store's downtown location.

Earth’s General Store’s downtown expansion is coming to an end.

Store owner Michael Kalmanovitch posted a message on the store’s website Monday that he’s given a six-month notice to his landlord that he will vacate the building and close up shop on Oct. 31.

“The downtown store has never made money. It always ran at a deficit,” Kalmanovitch wrote. “It was propped up by the Whyte Avenue store but that extra funds from Whyte have diminished and I am simply running out of money.”

Kalmanovitch said he hoped the fair-trade and organic-focused grocery shop at 10150 104 St. would fill a void left when the nearby Sobeys closed down, seeing downtown as “somewhat of a food desert.”

He said he tried to squeeze one more month before giving the notice, but things were not improving and he had to minimize losses.

Kalmanovitch said in his post that it’s possible the store could move to a different location, but sales would need to increase in the remaining six months to make that possible.

He also apologized to customers and said he feels “horrible” that the move will leave some people unemployed.

“I have failed the downtown community by not being what they/you wanted. Sorry about that,” he wrote.

Kalmanovitch has been outspoken about the store’s struggles since it opened in August 2014.

Earth's General Store will continue to operate its Whyte Avenue location at 9605 82 Ave.

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