Friday, July 10, 2009

Whole Foods Has NOT Given Up On Gowanus

It seems that the Brooklyn Paper dropped the ball when it said that Whole Foods has given up on Gowanus. Not so fast, says Mark Mobley of Whole Foods Market. This letter from Mr. Mobley was forwarded to us by Craig Hammerman, District Manager of Brooklyn Community Board 6:

I am writing with just a quick update to let you know that recent reports of Whole Foods Market's demise in Brooklyn seem to have been greatly exaggerated! As you may have seen, the Brooklyn Paper published a story this week that inaccurately suggests we have definitively decided not to pursue the development of a store on our property at 3rd Street and 3rd Avenue and further that we are planning to sell the property. This is simply not true and we have sent a letter to the Brooklyn Paper editor clarifying our position and requesting a correction.

You may recall that last Fall I sent you a memo explaining that Whole Foods Market had begun re-evaluating our plans for our property and that we would be working to identify potential development partners for a Brooklyn store. That is exactly what we have been doing in recent months and we are continuing these efforts in hopes of arriving at a potential development scenario that will enable us to finally come to Brooklyn.

Therefore, while nothing has yet been finalized and we are still not in a position to be able to share any additional information, please be assured that we will be back in touch as soon as we are able to provide more details about our plans.

Mark Mobley, Whole Foods Market

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