Work Moves Forward on New Whole Foods Co-op in Duluth
Whole Foods Co-op Puts Down Roots in West Duluth
Whole Foods Co-op is putting down roots at a second location at 4426 Grand Avenue in Duluth’s west end.
The new building, like the Hillside location, will be constructed to meet Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) certification standards, and is anticipated to be open for business early in 2016.
“The Co-op’s planning process is collaborative and cautious.” says General Manager Sharon Murphy, “We spent six years looking for a site for our Hillside store and that was well worth the wait. We took the first steps toward the Denfeld expansion in June 2013 — we’re still speeding along by our standards!”
The Denfeld store will have 7,500 square feet of retail space, roughly the same as the Hillside store, but with wider aisles.
The new store will include features familiar to shoppers who frequent the Hillside location, including a teaching kitchen for cooking classes, a hot bar/salad bar, deli counter, extensive bulk food section, and of course the Twin Ports largest selection of sustainably sourced products and locally grown and organic produce.
The new store will provide 60 jobs in the Duluth community.
Whole Foods Co-op currently has over 8,400 Owners.
The cost of the construction project is $3.8 million with financing through Members Cooperative Credit Union.
Partners on this project include LHB Architects & Engineers, Johnson Wilson Constructors, Members Cooperative Credit Union, the National Co+op Grocers-Development Co-op, the WFC in-house Denfeld Design Team, Board of Directors, Owner investors and supporters.