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?