Meanwhile, Whole Foods, the neighborhood supermarket at 20th and Callowhill Streets, plans to move in 2009 to 16th and Vine Streets, anchoring a mixed-use tower to be built by developer David Grasso of Metro Development, on what's now a parking lot.Determined to one-up Trader Joe’s, who famously opened a Center City store without a front door in 2004, Whole Foods will require pedestrian shoppers to cross a Temple-of-Doom-style foot bridge over the Vine Street expressway to gain entrance, while spoiling customers that drive with free parking, free gas and complimentary foot rubs.
Though Grasso could not be reached for comment, Whole Foods' director of marketing Sarah Kenney confirmed the move in an interview Friday. Kenney said the current 16,000-square-foot store and tiny parking lot would stay open until the move into the new, bigger store: 64,000 square feet including 42,000 square feet for sales.
(Seriously, click — we dare you to try and find a sidewalk.)
Whole Foods announces new Center City location — the least pedestrian accessible lot ever and in an area no one really lives — and thereby reveals it is indeed in bed with Halliburton [Inky]