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Whole Foods Market Coming to Downtown L.A.?!?

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Downtowners have long clamored for more and better grocery store options. How about a Whole Foods? If we are to believe the rumors, an outpost of the higher-end grocery chain could be headed to any one of many potential DTLA sites.

Blogger Brigham Yen is fueling the flames of internet speculation about a Downtown Whole Foods. He says a source "working closely with Whole Foods has confirmed to [him] in an email that the Austin, Texas-based supermarket chain 'is looking at a number of sites' in Downtown LA."

Okay, so where, oh where will a Whole Foods go? Frontrunner location speculation points to the new project at 8th and Grand. Yen explains:

This makes perfect sense for both Whole Foods and Carmel Partners (the developer of 8th and Grand). Not only would it be a perfect central location for Whole Foods (ie, near Bottega Louie customers), it would also allow for a build-to-suit situation (there are 3 acres of land to work with) that makes loading/unloading feasible for large trucks, etc.
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The benefit to the developer is that they could then market their luxury high rise units as the ones above the pricy market nicknamed "Whole Paycheck."