Whole Foods is packing up and moving out, according to the lady who packed my orzo, feta & spinach salad into a plastic container this morning.
Apparently, they're building a new structure just a bit south of their current location.
Why? I asked.
Her answer spoke volumes about the nature of change in our neighborhoods: "Because the building is old."
Old? Didn't you just move in like a decade ago? (I've since double-checked -- they moved in in 1993.)
Yeah, she said, but they didn't build it. "Whole Foods likes to build its own buildings."
It's true and confirmed on the Whole Foods website right here.
"In the near future we will be relocating to a new facility which will nearly triple our size and allow us the opportunity to better serve our customers (sic) needs with cutting edge food venues and lifestyle options." -- Rich Howley, Store Team Leader
It's no wonder that buildings have so much pressure on them to come down right after they've been put up. No market-strategy-carrying company wants to shoehorn themselves into a space meant originally for another purpose.
I can't fully blame Whole Foods for making strategic decisions and wanting to build a facility that helps them achieve their competitive goals. They obviously retro-fitted themselves into their current space, which at one time belonged to Sam's Warehouse.
But, egads, TRIPLE its current size? I'm surprised by that. I love Trader Joe's in part because it's easy to get in and out so quickly.
I avoid those giant stores as much as I can less I get sucked in and am never seen by my family again.