Update – March 5th, 2011
The North Raleigh Whole Foods will open Wednesday March 16th with a chance for “sneak peak” tours on the 13th and 14th.You can sign up for the sneak peak tours here.
Update – February 28th, 2011
Latest news is that the new Whole Foods on Six Forks Road in North Raleigh will open sometime during the week of March 14-18, 2011. Check back here for future updates. Or you can follow the North Raleigh Whole Foods Facebook Fan Page for the latest news and information about this store.
Update – February 9th, 2011
Sue Stock at the News and Observer is reporting that Whole Foods is holding a job fair this Saturday (2/12/11) in anticipation of the North Raleigh Whole Foods opening sometime mid March 2011 (next month!). Read her blog post here.
Original Update February 2nd, 2010
I received email confirmation today from the developer that construction on the long awaited Whole Foods grocery store in North Raleigh will break ground this Wednesday February 3, 2010 and is scheduled to open in early 2011. This project had been working its way through the rezoning process over the past year with the plan receiving approval from the Raleigh City Council back in October 2009. The 40,000 square foot Whole Foods store will serve as the anchor for Regency Center’s proposed Market at Colonnade retail center, which will include 17,000 sq/ft of additional retail space. The market will be located at Six Forks Road and Colonnade Center Drive in North Raleigh, just one mile south of I-540 (near the intersection of Six Forks & Strickland Road).
According to their website “Market at Colonnade will provide an upscale shopping experience for all of North Raleigh and will feature the first newly constructed Whole Foods in North Carolina complemented by 17,000 square feet of high-end shops and restaurants. Market at Colonnade will be Raleigh’s only LEED certified retail project, featuring lushly landscaped walking paths, outdoor seating areas, and stormwater cisterns and one of the region’s most innovative stormwater systems.”
This is big news for the residents of North Raleigh who prefer to shop at this grocer and have had no other option than to trek to the Whole Foods located on Wade Avenue all the way on the other side of the city. Having a Whole Foods in this central location of North Raleigh will no doubt be a welcome addition for those shoppers looking for another source of organic fruits, vegetables, and quality hormone free beef and poultry. With the recent opening of Trader Joe’s and now the planned future arrival of Whole Foods, the grocery shopping options in North Raleigh are only getting better. Check back here for future updates on the progress of construction and updates on the projected opening date!