Whole Foods confirmed for Washington Avenue development

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January 30, 2012 // UPDATED 11:14 am - February 9, 2012
By: Jeremy Zoss
Jeremy Zoss

Whole Foods has been confirmed as the anchor tenant for the residential/retail development on the site of the former Jaguar dealership at the corner of Hennepin and Washington Avenues.

City Hall sources informed The Journal that Whole Foods would be the grocery tenant in the development in August of last year.

The development, known as 222 Hennepin, will feature around 280 market-rate apartments. The Whole Foods location will occupy a 38,000 sq. foot space on the first floor, which will include a liquor store.

“Whole Foods Market is a natural fit for 222 Hennepin,” said Mark Schoening, senior vice president for developer Ryan Cos. in a statement. “We cannot wait to share Whole Foods Market’s wonderful natural and organic products with the downtown community.”

The downtown Whole Foods location is set to open in 2013. It will be the forth Minnesota store for the chain, which opened a Minnetonka location in October and will open another in Edina on April 18th of this year.

“We look forward to adding to our existing locations in the Twin Cities,” said Whole Foods Midwest regional president Michael Bashaw in a statement. “The Twin Cities is definitely an area of growth for us and we’re extremely excited to expand our offering of natural and organic products to an even greater customer base,”

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.