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Braden Woods resident Rebekah Lang, 18, is all smiles after winning the $1,000 gift card. She came out for the grand opening with her mom, Susan Lang, and friend, Charleen Krajcsik.

Healthy crowd attends grand opening

Saturday, Jan. 27, 2018 |

Braden Woods resident Rebekah Lang, 18, is all smiles after winning the $1,000 gift card. She came out for the grand opening with her mom, Susan Lang, and friend, Charleen Krajcsik.

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East County residents Judy Contreras, Kimberly Zehr, Angela Rosenblum and Nancy Musson became quick friends while waiting in line at 6 a.m.

Saturday, Jan. 27, 2018 |

East County residents Judy Contreras, Kimberly Zehr, Angela Rosenblum and Nancy Musson became quick friends while waiting in line at 6 a.m.

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Country Club at Lakewood Ranch resident Don Bays couldn't sleep at 4:45 a.m. so he got up, made a cup of coffee and arrived at the grand opening around 6 a.m.

Saturday, Jan. 27, 2018 |

Country Club at Lakewood Ranch resident Don Bays couldn't sleep at 4:45 a.m. so he got up, made a cup of coffee and arrived at the grand opening around 6 a.m.

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Jessica Davin, of Mallory Park, is excited to try Earth Fare's food.

Saturday, Jan. 27, 2018 |

Jessica Davin, of Mallory Park, is excited to try Earth Fare's food.

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Jon Brezina, of Creekside Ranch, was third in line.

Saturday, Jan. 27, 2018 |

Jon Brezina, of Creekside Ranch, was third in line.

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East County residents Lindsey Rezin and Joy Hill were first in line. They arrived at midnight and used the night to hang out away from their collective 11 children.

Saturday, Jan. 27, 2018 |

East County residents Lindsey Rezin and Joy Hill were first in line. They arrived at midnight and used the night to hang out away from their collective 11 children.

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Melissa Diaz, of Country Club at Lakewood Ranch, adds kale to her grocery cart. She came out with her 11-year-old daughter Anatalia, who had no objections to getting up before 4 a.m.

Saturday, Jan. 27, 2018 |

Melissa Diaz, of Country Club at Lakewood Ranch, adds kale to her grocery cart. She came out with her 11-year-old daughter Anatalia, who had no objections to getting up before 4 a.m.

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Sara Sanches, of River Plantation, gets an orange sample.

Saturday, Jan. 27, 2018 |

Sara Sanches, of River Plantation, gets an orange sample.

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Guests perused isles of chips, cereals, detergents and other products.

Saturday, Jan. 27, 2018 |

Guests perused isles of chips, cereals, detergents and other products.

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Earth Fare offers a pre-made food section, including fresh pizzas, smoothies and salad and soup bars.

Saturday, Jan. 27, 2018 |

Earth Fare offers a pre-made food section, including fresh pizzas, smoothies and salad and soup bars.

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Sandy Wompey and Gretchen George, of Parrish, scope out the mineral juice shots after grabbing some pre-made food.

Saturday, Jan. 27, 2018 |

Sandy Wompey and Gretchen George, of Parrish, scope out the mineral juice shots after grabbing some pre-made food.

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The Inlets resident Francis Poux scopes out the wine selection.

Saturday, Jan. 27, 2018 |

The Inlets resident Francis Poux scopes out the wine selection.

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Steve Schonwetter cooks up Bilinski's brand no-casing chicken sausage for patrons to taste.

Saturday, Jan. 27, 2018 |

Steve Schonwetter cooks up Bilinski's brand no-casing chicken sausage for patrons to taste.

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Rick Nelson heads down the bulk food isle.

Saturday, Jan. 27, 2018 |

Rick Nelson heads down the bulk food isle.

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Earth Fare's opening included music by the Lakewood Ranch High School band, a ribbon-cutting ceremony and voucher give-aways. About 900 people were in line before 7 a.m.

Saturday, Jan. 27, 2018 |

Earth Fare's opening included music by the Lakewood Ranch High School band, a ribbon-cutting ceremony and voucher give-aways. About 900 people were in line before 7 a.m.

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Earth Fare store manager Paul Berkle and CEO Frank Scorpiniti cut a ceremonial ribbon at 6:45 a.m. and welcomed the public at 7 a.m. Courtesy photo.

Saturday, Jan. 27, 2018 |

Earth Fare store manager Paul Berkle and CEO Frank Scorpiniti cut a ceremonial ribbon at 6:45 a.m. and welcomed the public at 7 a.m. Courtesy photo.

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