Thursday, February 13, 2014

Whole Foods opening south Charlotte store

Whole Foods said Thursday that it plans to open its third Charlotte-area store at Providence and Ardrey Kell roads, just south of I-485.

The store is planned for the Waverly development, a project being built by Crosland Southeast and Childress Klein Properties. The 40,000 square foot store is slated to open in late 2016, the developers said.

The store requires rezoning the property, and the developers said a hearing is set before Charlotte City Council on March 17. Waverly is set to include 250,000 square feet of retail space total, with Whole Foods as the anchor tenant.

Incidentally, the Whole Foods would be practically across the street from the Harris Teeter in the Rea Village Shopping Center, at 11516 Providence Road.

This store would be the Charlotte area's third Whole Foods location. The specialty grocer has one store on Fairview Road in the Southpark area and is building a second store on Sam Furr Road in Huntersville. That location, in a former Food Lion, is set to open in late summer.

"Charlotte is a great market and there is a lot of opportunity here,” said Marc Mastropaolo, Whole Foods' southern region executive, in a statement. “The Charlotte community has been very receptive to us, there is a lot of interest in good, healthy food options, and we are excited to be adding to our roster of stores in the area and to be bringing a new store to the market.”


par said...

How can people shop at a hyped up overpriced grocery store. Been there several times and price does not justify the perceived "quality". Compared to HT, Publix, Trader Joe and even select items at Food Lion.

Barbara Warholic said...

They should have considered the empty Lowe's store at Providence Promenade.

Unknown said...

They're actually reasonably priced on many items, and they regularly carry many items that are not always found at other stores. Speaking of overpriced and hyped- Harris Teeter. Not a good example of great value, although I usually love the way they treat me there.

Armen said...

I think Whole Foods has gotten a bad rep for certain items being overpriced (Whole Paycheck is the nickname I've heard). But as another blogger points out, their prices are very reasonable on many items, and their quality is usually way better than other grocery store chains and Whole Foods is a great community citizen as well.