Whole Foods Market begins construction in St. Pete

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This is the fifth Whole Foods Market in the Tampa Bay area and the first in St. Pete.

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Grocery shoppers in the St. Petersburg area will soon have a new place to stroll the aisles when a popular supermarket breaks ground.

Whole Foods Market opens freestanding organic grocery store at 201 38th Avenue North.

Since obtaining all necessary permits, J Square Developers and SJC Ventures have begun demolition and construction of St. Petersburg’s first Whole Foods, according to a press release.

Residents have been waiting for this development to get underway for over a year. Right now, people who live in St. Pete and want to go to Whole Foods have to either meet the one in Clearwater or cross the bridge into Tampa.

Upon completion of construction, this will be the fifth whole value store in the Tampa Bay area. There are four other locations in Carrollwood, Clearwater, Midtown Tampa and Sarasota.

“Part of the early construction process will include rerouting an existing storm water main that runs right through the middle of the property so that passers-by can see that first, and demolishing the existing structures before they go vertical,” Jay Miller, CEO of J Square Developers said in a press release.

Hawkins Construction is the on-site general contractor and Sunrise Plaza Holdings owns the property.

J Square Developers brought the first Trader Joe’s Store to Pinellas County and also designs and develops retail/mixed-use properties in the Tampa Bay market. SJC Ventures is a privately held, mixed-use commercial real estate and retail development company.

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