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KENNESAW, Ga. -- Whole Foods Market will open a new 45,000-square-foot store at the corner of Barrett and Cobb parkways, the company said.
The store is slated to open in 2016. Whole Foods now has eight locations in metro Atlanta and one in Savannah. A tenth store will open in Augusta later this year.
The store will go in a new mixed-use project being developed by Atlanta's Fuqua Development LLC. Atlanta Business Chronicle reported Feb. 3 that Fuqua was in discussions with Walmart, Whole Foods, Publix, Kroger and Sprouts Farmers Market.
"We're always looking for new locations around the Atlanta metro area," said Jeremiah Ryan, Whole Foods Market South region executive coordinator of operations, in a statement.
The new Kennesaw store is part of Whole Foods' continued national expansion. The company says it recently signed 21 new leases totaling approximately 920,000 square feet, increasing its development pipeline to a record 107 stores.
In addition to Kennesaw, these leases are for new stores in Huntsville, Ala.; Vancouver, Canada; Brea and San Diego, Calif.; Winter Park, Fla.; Schererville, Ind.; Lexington, Ky.; Charlotte, N.C.; Wall, N.J.; New York, N.Y. (Bryant Park); Frisco, Texas; Tacoma, Wash.; and Wauwatosa, Wisc.
They also include leases acquired for seven Chicago-area locations formerly operated at Dominick's stores.
Whole Foods says it expects 2014 sales growth of 11 percent to 12 percent, and comparable store sales growth of 5.5 percent to 6.2 percent.
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(Atlanta Business Chronicle)