Whole Foods signs lease for Toledo storeWritten by Sarah Ottney | Editor in Chief | firstname.lastname@example.org
The natural and organic foods grocer announced Feb. 11 it signed a lease to open a store in Toledo.The store will be approximately 40,000 square feet and will be located near Secor Road and Executive Parkway, according to a news release. No opening date has been set.
“As we continue to grow our region — particularly in Ohio — we’re thrilled to add our first store in the Toledo area,” said Scott Allshouse, president of Whole Foods Market’s Mid-Atlantic Region, in the release. “Whole Foods Market is proud to be ‘America’s Healthiest Grocery Store,’ and everyone, from our team members to customers to suppliers in the Ohio area, plays a role.”
According to the release, there are six Whole Foods Market stores in Ohio, with three more in development. However, the company’s website lists only five in Ohio: Columbus, Upper Arlington, University Heights and Woodmere, both near Cleveland, and Mason, near Cincinnati. There are also two stores in Ann Arbor.
“The City of Toledo has been a great partner,” said Steve Collins, head of S.J. Collins Enterprises, the project’s developer. “We look forward to facilitating the planning and design process to open the doors to Whole Foods Market as soon as possible.”
A representative from the city was unavailable for comment.
Whole Foods Market is a leading natural and organic foods grocer with a commitment to transparency and maintaining the highest quality standards in the industry, according to the release. The company’s quality standards for food prohibit artificial flavors, colors, sweeteners, preservatives and hydrogenated fats.
“The people of Ohio care about their food and where it comes from, which makes it a perfect fit for Whole Foods Market,” Allshouse said. “Whether you come for the fresh, quality ingredients or our passionate, expert team members, our company’s core values are on display and in action in every aisle of our stores.”
Whole Foods Market currently has 408 stores in the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom.
For more information, visit wholefoodsmarket.com.