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Monday, April 14, 2008

Whole Foods "a good bet" for Providence

In Monday's "Ask Us" column in the Huntsville Times, someone asked if a grocery store was planned for the Village of Providence, and if so, what chain would it be. A grocery store has been proposed for the New Urbanism community since its conception. One chain that comes to everyone's mind is Whole Foods Market, the wildly popular supermarket chain that locates its stores in affluent suburban areas across the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom. A Whole Foods "or equivalent" was noted as a "good bet." Some other possibilities:
  • An "urban-style" Publix. It's like a regular Publix, only smaller and in an urban area. Several have been built in places like Columbia, SC, Jacksonville, and Orlando. Birmingham's been trying to get one for years.
  • EarthFare- a small Whole Foods-like chain based in Asheville, NC with several stores throughout the Southeast.
  • Another Fresh Market. You can't rule it out.

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