Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Soon, You Won't Be Able To "Return To Eden"

Intown organic market calling it quits.

Return To Eden is closing after more than two decades in business.  Return To Eden opened in 1993 at a time when competition in the natural and organic foods sector was not nearly what it is today.   The 7,500 square foot natural foods grocery store, located in Cheshire Square at the corner of Cheshire Bridge & LaVista Roads, is slated to close November 29th.  The locally owned shop cited a number of issues that contributed to the decision to close. 


"While we were on a tentative path to recovery, this year has proved too difficult for us — the brutal winter, the changing traffic patterns in the neighborhood, increased competition in the Atlanta marketplace, and escalating operational costs and needs, etc., all took their toll."


From now until closing, remaining inventory is 20% off.  


Ownership encourages patrons to support other Atlanta area independent organic markets such as Rainbow Natural Foods (Decatur), Nuts'n'Berries (Brookhaven) and Sevananda (Little Five Points).

7 comments:

Anonymous said...

This entire intersection has gone to pieces and I blame the Atlanta DOT. There's too much traffic and people are just sitting at the light at LaVista and Cheshire Bridge for 10 minutes. People are not going to go shopping anywhere near there because of traffic issues and the DOT has not made any effort at all to alleviate the problem. First you had the gourmet institution on Cheshire Bridge called Happy Hermann's close a few years back. Then the Varsity closed. Also the BBQ restaurant behind the CVS closed. All because of traffic issues. Does this even register with the idiots at Atlanta DOT? Truly sad.

Anonymous said...

The Publix and other stores are doing quite well. The places you reference had corroded. It was time for them to go.

Anonymous said...

I second the traffic issues with this area. Although I never shopped at Eden, I often visited the theater, Showcase, and OPH. La Vista also served as a direct route to the Lindbergh/Peachtree area.

Since the new traffic lights were installed, I've avoided the area completely. Opting for a Morningside or N.D.H. route just to avoid the intersection. By changing my driving habits, I hope I've helped calm traffic in that area.

Anonymous said...

The problem is that Happy Herman's closed 6 years ago. The vacant building is still sitting there, corroding. The same thing is happening with The Varsity. So these places close and then nothing gets done for years and years? Is anyone responsible for fixing up this area or is it beyond repair??

Anonymous said...

The people that own those buildings are sitting on them waiting to cash in. The Varsity Jr owners are now going to punish the neighborhood with a 5 story self storage since the neighborhood NPU fought them when they wanted to redo the Varsity Jr and keep the same number of curb cuts.

Anonymous said...

That's so crazy what The Varsity owners are doing. Why punish the neighborhood when their real beef was with the city of Atlanta, which didn't want to work with them. If the city could just work to improve the traffic flow and somehow make the area more pedestrian friendly, then things could improve. But I don't see that happening.

Anonymous said...

They should've installed a double-diamond