Whole Foods Market announced it would be opening a new store in downtown Richmond.
The approximately 40,000 square foot store will be located on Broad Street near the campus of Virginia Commonwealth University. No target opening date has been set.
The location will allow the store to serve the people who live, work and go to school in the city, as well as the number of visitors to nearby museums and attractions. Whole Foods Market currently has one other store in the area. The Short Pump location celebrated its five-year anniversary in September.
"Richmond, particularly the Broad Street area, has such a vibrant, unique energy - from historic neighborhoods to stimulating museums, from dynamic residents to creative students," says Whole Foods Market Mid-Atlantic regional president Scott Allshouse in a statement. "This new site will allow Whole Foods Market to grow within the city while continuing to strengthen our established relationships."
Community engagement is an important aspect to Whole Foods. The Short Pump store has worked with local partners such as William Byrd Community House, the Richmond Peace Education Center, Neighborhood Housing Services of Richmond and Oyster Shell Recycling Program at the VCU Rice Rivers Center.