Austin-based Whole Foods announced plans to move into the Leader area with a new concept more than two years ago, but little had been divulged regarding specs of the new store–until now.
According to a report from Virtual Builder’s Exchange, vertical construction is about to take off at the site at the northeast corner of Yale Street and the North Loop 610 frontage road on the project known as the Yale Marketplace by developer Fidelis Realty Partners after bids are received and finalized May 4.
Yale Marketplace will host a 12,000-square-foot facility for an emergency room clinic and possibly other tenants along with a 30,000-square foot space for Whole Foods’ newest concept according to the report.
The Austin-based grocer announced the new concept in May of 2015, and wasted no time searching Houston for a good location, saying it is designed to meet the public’s growing demand for natural foods through the use of a curated selection of products in a store occupying a much smaller footprint than its flagship brand.Despite the considerably smaller footprint, however, representatives believe Garden Oaks 365 will have just as much staying power as its older brother.
Despite the considerably smaller footprint, however, representatives believe Garden Oaks 365 will have just as much staying power as its older brother.
“365 is designed to complement the Whole Foods Market brand by bringing the highest quality, healthy foods to a broader audience,” said Jeanette Webster, Houston media and community relations manager for Whole Foods, in August 2015. “365 will allow us to serve more customers with a fresh, value-driven shopping experience. The new stores will feature a mix of products that meet our quality standards, in an environment that’s fun and convenient for shoppers.”
It remains to be seen how the new concept will mesh with H-E-B on the southeast corner of Shepherd Drive and West 24th Street (just southwest of the Whole Foods 365 site) upon both arrivals, but one thing is for sure–Garden Oaks and Heights shoppers will have their pick of quality grocers within a convenient distance.