As a giant Whole Foods open its doors to the public in Potrero Hill, rumors of another in Noe Valley have surfaced. From The Noe Valley Voice:
Whole Foods Market is in negotiations to take over the Bell Market grocery store on 24th Street and bring its natural and organic food products to Noe Valley.But in late August, neither the Austin-based grocery chain nor Bell’s commercial landlord would discuss details of the sensitive talks, which have been under way for some time…However, the upscale grocery telegraphed its intention to expand into Noe Valley by posting a notice on its web site. On a page titled Stores in Development, the company said a Whole Foods Market was coming to “San Francisco (Noe Valley),…opening date to be announced.” The web page did not identify the exact location of the new store, but noted it would have 16,790 square feet of space.Bell, which company executives have been trying to sell for two years, is the only Noe Valley location that approximates the square footage indicated on the Whole Foods web site.
On one hand, Noe Valley is a bit sparse in the grocery department, but trading the utilitarian Bell Market for Whole Foods might upset some neighbors that don’t want to spend that kind of money on groceries. Will Noe Valley residents embrace the supermarket giant or will we see another Starbucks fiasco? After all, as we mentioned earlier today, the StarbucksGate decision definitely gives encouragement to the anti-big business camp. Stay tuned.
Whole Foods Could Be Coming to Bell Market [The Noe Valley Voice]