Organic produce fans, rejoice—Whole Foods is coming closer to Gloucester Township.
The grocer plans to open its 13th New Jersey store at Route 70 and Kings Highway in Cherry Hill.
The natural and organic grocery will open its first Cherry Hill location some time in 2014, announced officials from Federal Realty Investment Trust (FRIT), the company that manages the Ellisburg Circle shopping center
“The Whole Foods Market concept and overall shopping experience is a perfect match for the Cherry Hill market,” said John Hendrickson, Northeast regional chief operating officer for FRIT, in a statement. “We are excited to bring such a tremendous and needed amenity to the community.”
It’ll be the 13th store in New Jersey for the Texas-based grocer, which operates 340 stores in the United States, United Kingdom and Canada. Currently, the closest Whole Foods location to Gloucester Township is located on Route 73 in Evesham Township.
“We are thrilled to offer another location and option to our customers,” said Scott Allshouse, Whole Foods Market’s mid-Atlantic region president. “Neighboring our Marlton store, the community will find the new store to rival and share many of the same amenities they have come to love and enjoy. We look forward to community engagement, opportunity, growth and creating job opportunities.”
There’s some work that will need to be done on the shopping center—mostly cosmetic—before Whole Foods moves in, FRIT representatives said, but other major improvements, including ground- and roof-mounted solar panels and a rain garden, were completed in the last year.
Whole Foods will occupy about 47,000 square feet of the 267,000-square-foot shopping center, which was left without a grocery store when Genuardi’s shut its location there last year.