by Susan Ellis
About an hour ago, Whole Foods posted this intriguing bit of news on its Facebook page:
We're SUPER EXCITED to announce that leases have been signed for new stores in the following areas: Maple Grove, MN; Albany & Brooklyn, NY; Alpharetta & Savannah, GA; Memphis, TN; Toronto, Ontario and North Burnaby, British Columbia!!
So, about that new Memphis store ... "Technically, we're expanding," says Darrah Horgan, a spokesperson for Whole Foods.
As the Memphis Business Journal previously reported, the Whole Foods location in East Memphis will take over the Office Depot space.
But today's announcement comes with more details about what the expansion will entail as well as a rough time frame.
The store will move into the Office Depot space, which will mean an increase in size from around 25,000 square feet to 40,000 square feet, according to Horgan.
The current Whole Foods building will then be demolished to make room for more parking.
The project should start sometime around mid-2013, with a completion date Horgan estimates as "the early side of 2014."
"We're excited about the opportunity for the new store," Horgan says. "It's a great location. It's jamming in there all the time."