The South End is finally getting its own full-sized grocery store.
The largest Whole Foods store in Boston will be built on Harrison Avenue in the South End, with a projected opening date of sometime in 2014, according to the Boston Business Journal.
The 50,000 square foot organic supermarket will be the largest retailer of a $200 million mixed use residential and commercial development project known as "Ink Block," the site of the former Boston Herald building.
The Whole Foods store will include an outdoor sidewalk café with seating on Harrison Avenue, a wine store and a gelato bar.
"This is a huge milestone for the neighborhood, and I am proud to welcome Whole Foods to the South End," said Mayor Thomas Menino in a statement. "The City of Boston has been actively working to attract a quality grocery store to this area so that we can continue to offer more and more options for fresh, healthy, and delicious food in all of our neighborhoods."
The entire 500,000 square foot Ink Block project will span six acres, four blocks and feature restaurant and retail space, and 471 luxury apartments. Area improvements include the planned reconstruction of Harrison Avenue with landscaping, wide sidewalks and an enhanced pedestrian experience. In addition to the Ink Block South End project, an adjacent site on Traveler Street owned by Normandy Real Estate Partners has been approved for a hotel
project that is also expected to start construction in 2013.
“We envision Ink Block as the heart of the trend-setting South End neighborhood with hot retailersand cool new apartment concepts,” said Ted Tye, Managing Partner of National Development. “WholeFoods’ flagship store will help set the tone for the vibrant, 18 hour neighborhood that we are creating at Ink Block.”
Construction is expected to begin in early 2013 and conclude by 2016.