Whole Foods Market, a natural and organic foods supermarket, has signed a lease with S.J. Collins Enterprises for the construction of a 40,000-square-foot store in Virginia Beach. It will be built on the former site of a Saturn dealership along Laskin Road in the city’s Hilltop section.
“The Whole Foods Market is the perfect complement to the upscale retail and restaurant experience in the Hilltop area,” Warren D. Harris, director of Virginia Beach Economic Development, said in a statement Thursday. “We worked for over a year with the Whole Foods Market and their development team to pull together a redevelopment plan for their preferred site on Laskin Road. I can’t think of a better fit for our community …”
Scheduled to open by year-end 2013, the Whole Foods Market will be the largest natural and organic supermarket in the region. The Austin, Texas-based company has nine other locations in Virginia, and the Virginia Beach store will be the first in Hampton Roads. In keeping with the company’s national initiative to reduce energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions, the Virginia Beach facility will include many green building standards.
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