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Whole Foods Market to open 42,000-square-foot store on Grand Avenue in downtown LA

By Hayley Fox
Published: Thursday, August 01, 2013, at 11:10AM
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Whole Foods is expected to open a location in DTLA by 2015.

Whole Foods Market has announced they'll be setting up shop on Grand Avenue in Downtown, with a new 42,000 square-foot store.

Starting in 2015, Downtowners will be able to fill their natural food needs at the chain's new location.

“We've been looking for the right space for close to 10 years as we know that access to natural and organic foods in this neighborhood has been challenging," said Patrick Bradley, president of Whole Foods Market Southern Pacific Region, in a statement. "It makes us very happy to know that we will be filling this need."

DTLA residents have wanted more grocery for years. But a recent survey from the Downtown Center Business Improvement District (DCBID) shows that residents may have been more likely to shop at the more affordable Trader Joe's.

According to the 2011 data, most Downtown residents shopped for groceries at Ralphs or Trader Joe's, and 92 percent said that if a Trader Joe's was located in DTLA, they would be "highly likely" to shop there.

Whole Foods is the most recent addition in several new developments recently announced for Downtown. Other big-name shops include the incoming Zara clothing store at Figat7th, and the Urban Outfitters and Ace Hotel on Broadway.

“Downtown Los Angeles is like a city within the city that needs a diverse range of services – including grocery stores," said area Councilman José Huizar. "Bringing Whole Foods Market to Downtown is long-awaited news that represents a major coup for Downtown and is an investment in this rapidly growing urban market."

Whole Foods has more than 350 stores in the U.S. and multiple locations in L.A. County, from Pasadena to El Segundo. Most locations offer everything from vitamins to cleaning products, prepared food and deli counters.

The upscale natural foods store will be located at 770 Grand Ave.

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