A staple in Solon for 20 years and the only locally-owned health food store in the city featuring organic products, Mustard Seed will close its Solon location by month’s end.

The Solon location opened in October of 1999. Mustard Seed’s two Akron locations will remain open.

Citing the fact that the store, located in the Uptown Solon Shopping Center on Kruse Drive, did not develop as hoped, Gabe Nabors, CEO and owner, released a statement this week on the closure.

“When my family opened the Solon store, we had high expectations,” Mr. Nabors said. “It was the largest natural foods grocery store east of the Mississippi, and the natural foods industry was having double digit growth.

“Unfortunately, the store did not develop as we had hoped and today with the increase in competition both in bricks and mortar of all types as well as online, our time has come,” he said. “My family wishes to give a sincere thank you to all of our Solon staff, the Solon community and to the thousands of customers that helped us these past 20 years to push health foods to the mainstream.”

Known for such staples as their famous carrot cake, homemade prepared food, fresh produce which represents the largest organic selection in the state, seafood and more, Mustard Seed opened its first store in Akron in 1981.

The Nabors family was considered early adopters of natural, organic lifestyles, with the Solon Mustard Seed boasting a vast array of supplements.

Mustard Seed saw its first growth spurt in 1989, when it transplanted from its 2,000 square foot digs to an 11,000 square foot store in Montrose. Mustard Seed was the first in the area to put a full service restaurant in a grocery store.

Another expansion occurred in 1997, with the store growing to 31,500 square feet.

Mustard Seed opened its second store in Solon in October of 1999, and encompasses 56,000 square feet at the far end of the plaza near Bainbridge Road.

Mustard Seed has purchased its produce from many Amish farmers who focus on soil health and nutrient density.

As of last week, the store will remain open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day, until the last day of operation, which is Oct. 30.

For the last decade, Sue Reid has covered the government, business climate and residents of Solon. A Times reporter for 22 years, Ms. Reid has earned commendations from the Ohio Newspaper Association and Cleveland Press Association.

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