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Whole Foods Wins Approval for Brooklyn Store

NEW YORK — City officials on Tuesday voted to allow Whole Foods Market to consummate construction of what would be its first supermarket in the borough of Brooklyn.

The project required approval from the city’s Board of Standards and Appeals because its proposed 52,000-square-foot size is larger than the property was zoned for. A Whole Foods official was quoted in local reports saying the store could open there early next year.

Whole Foods bought land at the site near the Gowanus River in 2004 but endured lengthy delays opening a store there as a result of environmental cleanup and community opposition. The company reduced the proposed size of the project in 2006.

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