Whole Foods Market announces new location in Los Alamitos
OC Breeze, February 12, 2016
The City of Los Alamitos has been trying for years to sell the vacant property west of its civic center. The property’s size is a major stumbling block — it isn’t quite big enough for a solid retail development. But add the civic center property and the deal becomes possible. The most recent developer interested in the property is Lincoln Property Company (LPC), headquartered in Dallas, Texas. The agenda for last November’s City Council meeting lists closed-session property negotation with LPC.
The on-again, off-again sale of the property now seems near to closing. So close that LPC lists the property at its website with a proposed map.
Notably excluded from that map are the Los Alamitos Community Center and the adjacent Youth Center. Also excluded is the Rossmoor-Los Alamitos Sewer District property, which also houses the Los Alamitos Chamber of Commerce.
The deal is so close that Whole Foods has announced that the “Specialty Grocer” on the map above will be a new 365 by Whole Foods Market™ location.
The sale will force the move of the various City departments to new locations, possibly scattered around the City. According to sources within the City, up to thirteen possible locations have been identified. Nothing is included on the topic on the agenda for the February 16 regular meeting (on Tuesday rather than Monday due to the Presidents Day holiday.)
One possible location is the space being vacated by Keller Williams at Los Alamitos Plaza, backing on Pine St. Another possible location is on a piece of Los Alamitos Joint Forces Training Base, just inside the northern perimeter where former Navy housing was recently demolished.
Here is the news release from Whole Foods (emphasis added):
“Whole Foods Market (NASDAQ: WFM) today announced that it has signed another five leases for its 365 by Whole Foods Market™ stores, bringing the total to 13 leases now signed. The new 365 by Whole Foods Market stores will be located in Evergreen Park, Illinois; Gainesville, Florida; and Concord, Claremont and Los Alamitos, California.
365 by Whole Foods Market will offer a grocery shopping experience focused on making healthy, everyday shopping easy and affordable while upholding the same industry-leading quality standards that Whole Foods Market pioneered.
“We have assembled an amazing team of people who have been working tirelessly to create an innovative shopping experience that will appeal to new and existing Whole Foods Market customers,” said Jeff Turnas, president of 365 by Whole Foods Market. “We are all eagerly awaiting the opportunity to introduce 365 by Whole Foods Market with the opening of our first store in Los Angeles in just over 100 days.”
Designed to complement the Whole Foods Market brand, 365 by Whole Foods Market will feature a thoughtfully curated mix of products that adhere to the company’s industry-leading quality standards, in a modern and streamlined retail environment. Additionally, customers can expect to find unique in-store experiences through a program called “Friends of 365.”
These new leases follow previously announced locations in Bellevue, Washington; Cedar Park, Texas; Cincinnati, Ohio; Houston, Texas; Portland, Oregon; and San Francisco and Santa Monica, California. The first 365 by Whole Foods Market store will open this May in the Silver Lake neighborhood of Los Angeles. Stores in Lake Oswego, Oregon, and Bellevue, Washington, are slated to open in July and August, respectively. The company expects to open 10 stores before October 2017.”