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Whole Foods to Open South End Store

The new 50,000 square foot supermarket to be built on Harrison Avenue will be the largest Whole Foods store in Boston, and the first full-sized grocery store in the South End neighborhood.

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. 

Richard Kinny July 25, 2012 at 09:36 PM
WRONG! WE already have a full-sized grocery store: FOODIES! THey have everything I need and at fair prices. No need for Whole Paycheck in our neighborhood!
Paula Ogier July 26, 2012 at 12:13 AM
We have done 95% of our grocery shopping at Foodie's since we moved here four years ago, and with the exception of the prepared foods section they are actually more expensive than Whole Foods. I know this because once every few months I make a trip to the Whole Foods store at Symphony and I compare prices on lots of items. While I love Foodie's, its friendly staff and good selection of items including beer and wine, I have always thought they needed a little competition to bring their prices down. So I'm glad to have a Whole Foods coming in for that reason.
Liz July 26, 2012 at 12:40 AM
Foodie's is great for small ticket items and basics, but I would never say it was a full-sized grocery store. And as for the "Whole Paycheck"...have you ever compared how much you spend at Foodie's compared to a shopping trip at Whole Foods? I would say I'm excited that there is finally a large size grocery store with more than just my basic needs!
John Doe July 26, 2012 at 02:55 PM
They are doing this to push out the low income residents out of the neighborhood, why would they add a Whole foods Market and more luxury condos, knowing they already have build enough in the South End on Harrison ave, Mass Ave and E,berkley street. They are doing this to add more the wealthy people in the area to puch out the poor and also get rid of the Pine Street Inn & Medival that has been in that community for so long. Yet the South End in the 80's 90's was fine the way it was, But now more they want add more into the community and the cost of living will be so high for everyone that most of the low income can't even afford to do grocery shopping but yet they are doing this, cause of the high end consumers cannot seem to see themselves inside of a Stop n Shop at the bayside mall. Let's be Real I would like to see how much jobs this will create for this community.
Rayleen Gaudet Nunez July 26, 2012 at 03:41 PM
I just sent a comment in about Wegam's Rayleen
Karen Majalian August 05, 2012 at 11:48 AM
It's about time! Finally, not having to go to Fenway or Cambridge to get organic produce!!! Yippee...for Southie and South End residents!!!
Matt Barber August 08, 2012 at 05:52 PM
Let's think about this for a second -- how is it pushing out low income residents or putting Foodie's out of business? It's not like they're replacing something that used to be something else. It was a desolate newspaper wasteland, no one is living there now and no local businesses are being replaced. Foodie's is still perfect as the local, quick supermarket of choice for most people living west of Peter's Park, so it needs to continue to cater toward those folks. And it provides a walkable alternative to the Stop and Shop in South Bay for those bigger shopping trips. Would have preferred a Wegman's, but this should be a win-win for the neighborhood, provided the entire development is thoughtfully done with the community in mind (make the smaller commercial spaces friendly to local businesses and have the development be attractive enough to bring traffic to the area -- as there's literally no reason to go through there now unless you're commuting downtown for work).
Loo Sing January 23, 2013 at 05:09 AM
The City needed to spice up this corner of Harrison and Herald St. I hope that this does not become the new center of the South End, because the site is really within the Chinatown neighborhood borders. Don't think that it will be just South Enders walking to this complex. Pedestrians will have to walk very carefully as "outsiders " will bring their cars in while driving at anxious speeds trying to get a parking space. Watch out that your dogs and baby strollers don't get hit. Enjoy the madness.
Tora Highmen March 24, 2013 at 05:13 PM
FOODIES is NOT fair priced. While I enjoy the connivence of shopping a few blocks away.... I'd rather give up my cush parking space in front of my building and head over to South Bay Stop & Shop or even better.... the Market Basket in Chelsea. Now that's where you'll find food at fair prices.

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