The grocery tenant lined up for the 222 Hennepin project at the former Jaguar dealership is Whole Foods, according to City Hall sources.
The proposal for the site, which still requires city approvals, calls for about 280 apartments and a 37,500-square-foot market. Minneapolis-based developer Ryan Companies U.S. Inc. has teamed up with the Excelsior Group on the project.
The former Jaguar dealership site has been envisioned as a site of a residential/retail mixed use development for years. In 2005, Seattle-based Milliken Development Group purchased the site and proposed a 290-unit condo building with Whole Foods as an anchor tenant.
Kate Klotz, a representative for Whole Foods, declined comment on plans for a store at the site. She said that Whole Food does not announce stores until leases are signed and that the company has no news of new locations in Minneapolis. However, she said: “We’re growing by leaps and bounds and Minneapolis is certainly a big area of growth for us.”
Ryan Companies has declined to announce details on the grocery store until the project goes before the Planning Commission.
There are plans for another grocery store on Hennepin, too. Construction is slated to begin on a new Lunds grocery store at 12th & Hennepin later this summer.