Wednesday, October 11, 2006

Breaking: Whole Foods on the move, pedestrians approach at your own risk

News comes today that Whole Foods, spurning G-Ho and Northern Liberties, will be picking up shop from 20th and Callowhill and moving to a brand new development just a few blocks away at 16th and Vine.
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.

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.
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.

(Seriously, click — we dare you to try and find a sidewalk.)

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