Good Earth Natural Foods in Fairfax, above. The 26,000-square-foot space that formerly housed Delano’s IGA Market.


Workers renovating the 26,000-square-foot space that formerly housed Delano’s IGA Market.

While it’s in the midst of a massive renovation of the 26,000-square-foot space at 207 Flamingo Road that has been vacant since DeLano’s IGA Market closed in December 2010, Good Earth Natural Foods is getting ready to start hiring employees in advance of its planned opening in Tam Valley in February 2016. The new store will have approximately 175 employees.

The market is hosting job fairs at the Tam Valley Community Center (203 Marin Ave.) on Thursday, Nov. 5 (2-8pm) and Saturday, Nov. 7 (10am-3pm). More info on openings, job details and benefits is available here.

More than a year ago, Fairfax-based organic foods market Good Earth Natural Foods confirmed their long-in-the-works plans to open a second location in Marin, this time in one of five DeLano’s markets in Marin and San Francisco that shut down as part of a mass eviction of the struggling grocery chain.

Good Earth officials have said they are in the planning stages of an “total renovation and aesthetic transformation” of the building under the guidance of Santa Cruz-based C/D/M Crocker-Fry, which designed and built Good Earth’s Fairfax store.

Good Earth opened in 1969 at 123 Bolinas Avenue in Fairfax. In response to growing demand, the company moved to 1966 Sir Francis Drake Blvd. at the end of 2000, and opened its current 22,000-square-foot store in Fairfax store in February 2012 “to meet the needs of our customers who requested a larger store with more selection store-wide, wider aisles, additional check-out stands, and indoor seating.”

“We have received many requests for a store in Southern Marin from folks seeking a more organic choice,” said Mark Squire, one of two partners at Good Earth. “Although organic food is still a bit pricier, we know that enough people recognize the superior quality and safety of organic food to support a store with Good Earth’s commitment. We look forward to serving a new community with healthful food.” 

“Along with meeting the additional market demand for what we already do, it also brings me great pleasure knowing our staff will continue to grow too – this opportunity represents real leadership growth opportunities for many current Good Earthlings,” Partner Al Baylacq added.

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