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Whole Foods Market to Open 42,000 Square Foot Store in Downtown LA

A 42,000 square foot Whole Foods market is slated to open in the new 700-unit Carmel Partners mixed-use apartments in 2015

A new 42,000 square foot Whole Foods Market is slated to open in the future 700-unit Carmel Partners mixed-use apartments in 2015

Okay, so it’s the last day of July, but can you believe that this month alone there have been not one, not two, but three grocery store related news topics in Downtown LA? First you had specialty market Urban Radish opening in the Arts District on July 4. Then two weeks ago on July 18, the first urban format Smart & Final Extra store opened at 8th and Figueroa in South Park. And now the big boy to top it all off is the exciting announcement (and confirmation) that Whole Foods Market will be opening a new store in Downtown LA in 2015!

The future Downtown LA Whole Foods Market will be 42,000 square feet large according to a press release that went out earlier today from LA Councilman Jose Huizar’s office. The store size is in line with the average range of new Whole Foods stores opening in the country between 35,000 to 50,000 square feet. Whole Foods will be a ground floor tenant as part of a large 700-unit mixed-use apartment project being developed by SF-based Carmel Partners now under construction at 8th and Grand (“right in back” of Bottega Louie). Location wise, Whole Foods couldn’t be more central as it sits at the cusp of three districts: Financial, South Park, and the Historic Core.

For almost two years, DTLA Rising has been following Whole Foods’ hunt to open in Downtown LA. Back in Sep 2011, we reported that Whole Foods was actively looking in Downtown LA. Then earlier this year in March, we heard some pretty credible rumors that Whole Foods was in serious negotiations to open at 8th and Grand. And today we have our confirmation.

Who’s next: Trader Joe’s?

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11 Comments

  1. Brandon says

    This is the best news for the neighborhood; yet again another “game changer.” This store will change the retail mix in this new development and the immediate area, including The Bloc. Downtown has certainly reached the tipping point and 2015-2016 is quickly becoming the timeframe when we will see major results in realizing the full vision for DTLA. I am sure that will continue with other major developments that are not yet on the radar.

  2. HELL YES!!!!!! This is AWESOME!!! If anybody has ever went to Urban Radish, that place is a rip off!!! & the nearest Whole Foods is in Mid City (which in my opinion) is a pain in the ass to get to since it’s so far inwards, not near any freeways. I’m so happy!! Downtown is blossoming nicely!

  3. raymond3000 says

    The best news I’ve heard all week!! Now how about a SPROUTS or PUBLIX to diversify the variety in DT!!

  4. DTdweller says

    Fantastic news! No more having to drive to Pasadena Whole Foods to buy groceries. Does anyone know if the rumor about Erewhon signing a lease at One Santa Fe is true? Fingers crossed on that one. I love Whole, but Erewhon is the Holy Grail.

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