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Whole Foods Plans Harlem Store

AUSTIN, Texas — Whole Foods Market here said it will plant its banner in New York City’s Harlem neighborhood, with a 39,000-square foot store on 125th Street and Lennox Avenue set to open in 2015.

“With so many Harlem residents shopping with us at our other New York City locations, we’re so pleased to bring our natural and organic grocery concept to an area of the city we’ve been looking forward to joining for quite some time,” said Christina Minardi, regional president, Whole Foods Market Northeast Region, in a statement.

The store is one of two that the fast-growing, natural-and-organic chain announced for Manhattan this week, with the other being a 38,000-square-foot store on the Upper East Side at 87th Street and 3rd Avenue, slated for a 2014 opening.

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The Harlem store will be part of a new construction project in an area that has seen a resurgence of retail and residential development, but is reportedly underserved with grocery offerings. A&P’s Pathmark also operates on 125th Street in Harlem, but several blocks away in what is essentially a different neighborhood. There is also a Best Yet Market several blocks away, and a small local operator called Wild Olive Market that has been described as a “mini-Whole Foods” for its focus on natural and healthful selections.

The 87th Street store will be just a block away from a new Fairway Market and two blocks from an A&P Food Emporium. Whole Foods currently operates seven Manhattan stores.

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