AMAZON BUYS WHOLE FOODS MARKETS
for $13.7 billion in cash.
It remains to be seen whether the Kennesaw (and other locations) will retain the WF brand name or take on one of the several Amazon brand names already in play.
Amazon has been desperately trying to break into the grocery business for some time, but that’s proven a difficult nut for the online mega-company to crack.
They’ve tried AmazonFresh, Amazon Prime Pantry, and a bunch of other initiatives to get customers to order groceries online, but it’s been slow going. In May, Amazon opened two grocery-pickup stores for the public to use.
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Mystery is now solved as to what this stand alone building will be. I've said all along it would be a restaurant, that turns out to be correct as the Kennesaw building permit issued to Fuqua Development lists it as a restaurant, just has no info on what the chain is, but it will be a restaurant of some sort. Coming to Kennesaw at the Marketplace Mall is: Cielo Blue, at 1575 Crater Lake Dr, Kennesaw a Mexican Grill and Cantina, see details on this chain at: http://www.cielobluecantina.com/. There are locations in Acworth (1) and Marietta (2)
This will be the 20th restaurant within 3 blocks of the intersection of Cobb and Barrett Parkways. The only real question is which will be the first one to go out of business. There are just to many restaurants in that area to realistically believe that they will all be here 6 months from now.
Below: Still wondering what this will be?
Interior of Whole Foods shell
WHOLE FOODS TRIES TO AVOID SELLING ITSELF BY REPLACING MOST OF ITS BOARD
Consumerist May, 10, 2017
Progress continues. Last Sunday NO concrete had been poured for the floor, this Sunday (5/7/17) about 20% of the floor has been done in 3 areas.
One more building going up at the shopping center. To soon to say for sure, with all those windows it is probably another restaurant:
1490 Earnest Barrett Pkwy, Kennesaw, GA 30152 Phone 844-665-6291
Floorplans and prices are available at:
Sample prices are:
(Leases run 12-18 months)
2 bedroom 2 bath, 1,377 sq ft, $2,900 per month
1 bedroom 1 bath, 930 sq ft, $1,899 per month
1 bedroom 1 bath, 770 sq ft, $1,745 per month
Due to the way the building is configured there are some odd shapes for some units.
Here are some shots of the construction FYI:
Dropped by WF this afternoon (4/19)and you can see from the photo from today compared to ones further down which are from 4/8/17 that some work continues.
As usual inquiries to Whole Foods just result in smoke and mirrors. Here is their latest reply to my inquiry about their Kennesaw opening:
To: TheKennesawWatch@aol.com, SOmedia@wholefoods.com
Sent: 4/13/2017 3:38:55 P.M. Eastern Daylight Time
Subj: RE: INQUIRY
KENNESAW WHOLE FOODS TO OPEN IN OCTOBER 2017
Whole Foods has opened a few stores, closed a few stores and put off indefinitely plans for many other stores due to serious financial issues.
The Kennesaw Marketplace Mall (Fuqua, Inc) had listed Whole Foods as an anchor tenant for at least 2 years.
It has been questionable recently if the WF difficulties were going to impact their move to Kennesaw. Inquiries to their Southern Region resulted in generalized boilerplate replies but no definitive comments.
It has been reported that their Marietta location was to be closed and moved to the Kennesaw location. (Cobb Harry's, 70 Powers Ferry Rd SE, Marietta, GA 30067).
As of today the cat may be finally out of the bag, or at least it has a couple of paws out of the bag. WF is now quietly announcing that it will open that location ‘in the Fall of 2017'. Inquires on the site indicate that the opening will be in October 2017.
Considerable work is required on the interior. For reasons still to be determined the shell of the building went up before the electrical and plumbing work was put in and this has resulted in considerable trenching being done to run lines.
Normal construction protocol is that this is done first, then the concrete flooring is put in and last the building shell is put in place. With this location the cart is before the horse and inquiries do not reveal a reason for this, except to acknowledge that this is not standard procedure for such construction. No comment was available on why this is being done backwards.
So perhaps in October there will be a Whole Foods up and running.