It looks like Whole Foods is officially coming to Williamsburg. The organic-minded grocer has negotiated a $45 million loan to get the construction process rolling for a new storefront at 240 Bedford Avenue, which is situated on the corner of North 4th Street. With this new development comes a rendering of the glassy, block-spanning building planned for the site.
The construction site takes up the entire block of North 4th Street from Bedford Avenue to Berry Street. Along with the organic supermarket chain, Real Estate Weekly reports that the 150,000 building will include luxury rental apartments and a New York Sports Club.
Those worried that this huge supermarket will change the Williamsburg scene and crush smaller vegetable stands probably should be. Smaller clothing boutiques also might be in trouble as Whole Foods executives have said that they hope the new branch will bring a “strong set of national tenants.” According to Racked, these chain brands are rumored to include Marshall’s, Joe Fresh, Anthropologie, and Citibank.
The new Williamsburg store will be the second Whole Foods in Brooklyn. Another branch located in Gowanus is set to be the first Whole Foods to open in Brooklyn later this December.