Monday, June 22, 2015

Whole Foods to open Uptown store in August

Whole Foods Market will open its Uptown Dallas store Aug. 12 on the ground floor of an eight-story residential tower next to a trolley stop on McKinney Avenue.
The development will cater to an evolving lifestyle in Dallas’ growing urban neighborhood.
The 38,000-square-foot store has been in the works since 2012 and is Whole Foods’ first store in North Texas with customers living above it. The store will have underground parking but will be pedestrian-focused, Whole Foods spokeswoman Karen Lukin said without giving specific details.
She said Whole Foods Market/Uptown will be the only local grocer in a vertically integrated mixed-use development.
The Whole Foods store and the Gables McKinney Avenue apartments will be closely watched.
“People are starting to live in Uptown without a car,” said Katy Slade, development director for Gables Residential.
Slade, 33, has shepherded this project since the first zoning papers were filed in 2012. She is meeting more residents, some new to Dallas, who say they don’t need a car — “or couples saying they can walk to work and exist with one car between them.”
Other developers and grocery chains are planning projects nearby.
Tom Thumb has signed a lease for a 60,000-square-foot store on Field Street at Cedar Springs Road near Victory Park. Plans call for a store on the ground floor of a 20-story residential tower.
This week, Kroger, which opened a store across from Cityplace three years ago, bought a store site less than a mile away on Hall Street between Ross Avenue and North Central Expressway.
Gables Residential has had a waiting list since September 2014 for the 222 apartments and 17 townhomes above Whole Foods. Rents range from $1,690 for a studio to $6,000 for a townhome or penthouse.
“Demand has been very strong, mostly from people who want the ultimate urban lifestyle to be able to walk downstairs and be part of an urban experience,” Slade said. “We knew we wanted a grocery store from the beginning.”
The first residents will move in in August and floors will be leased throughout the fall as the interiors are completed, Slade said.
It’s been a long haul with neighborhood meetings and with committees who oversee historical issues, she said. “We had to make it fit and make sure lot lines matched the rest of State Thomas.”
Gables Residential would do it all again for the right property, Slade said. “We’d love to find another location, but one like this is going to be hard to replicate.”  
Maria Halkias/ Dallas Morning News