A Whole Foods Grows in Akron

Good news, Akron shoppers! Whole Foods Market is coming to the Rubber Capital of the World!

Whole Foods, Akron

By Adrian Maties, Associate Editor

Good news, Akron shoppers! Whole Foods is coming to the Rubber Capital of the World!

Last week, the Austin-based food supermarket chain announced that it has signed a lease for about 40,000 square feet of space at the West Point Marketplace. Although there are currently seven Whole Foods stores operating in Ohio — with three more under development — this will be the first one in Akron. But put your shopping speed on the  back burner for the moment, as the opening date has yet to be announced.

Scott Allshouse, president of Whole Foods’ Mid-Atlantic Region, expressed his thanks to the city of Akron for welcoming his company and also sent a message to its residents. ”As with every store, we aim not just to open in a community, but to really become a part of it. So we want to hear from you: what do you want in a store, and how can we best serve your needs?” he said.

The Akron lease is just one of eight recently signed by the supermarket chain for four Whole Foods Market and four 365 by Whole Foods Market stores. The company also renegotiated one lease in development, converting it from a Whole Foods Market to a 365 by Whole Foods Market store. The other Whole Foods Market stores will open in Exton, Penn.; Charleston, S.C.; and Kirkland, Wash. They will have an average of 48,000 square feet of space.

Photo credit: Whole Foods Market