Whole Foods Market announces plans for flagship store in London (UK)

Whole Foods Market (NASDAQ: WFMI), the world's leading natural and organic food retailer, announced plans to site its United Kingdom flagship store on Kensington High Street in London. Cushman & Wakefield advised Whole Foods. Churston Heard advised House of Fraser. Savills advised the landlord.

The store is scheduled open in early 2007, providing 75,000 square feet of natural and organic products through a village-style layout sure to transform food shopping from a dull routine to a pleasurable, sensory experience. The new store expects to initially employ 400-500 locally.

"Whole Foods Market is incredibly excited about the prospect of opening our flagship U.K. store in Kensington and becoming an integral part of the local community," said Stephen Goldberg, vice president of operations for Whole Foods Market in the U.K. "We envision that this new location will provide a valuable focal point for the neighbourhood and just as we have done in our stores in North America for the past 25 years, we will seek to sponsor area events, volunteer for and donate to local causes, and become a true part of the community."

Source: Whole Foods Market

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