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