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[Photo of the Whole Foods Tribeca site, taken in 2006, from A Test Of Will]
Notably absent from more than a few recent trend pieces about the resurgence of retail in downtown Manhattan is any mention of the Whole Foods going in at 101 Warren Street, which lead us to wonder if plans for the store had been axed. Thankfully, that's not true: Racked spoke with a Whole Foods spokesperson today who confirmed that Whole Foods Tribeca will be opening next year. So why the press silence? Well, the project has been in the works for since early 2005, and with the recent opening of Bowery and groundbreaking in Gowanus, perhaps 101 Warren was just forgotten. When the Tribeca location opens, it will be, at 69,000 square feet, the second largest Whole Foods in NYC (the largest is currently Whole Foods Bowery, which consumes 71,000 square feet). According to sources at the company, there are many "bells and whistles" planned for 101 Warren, to be revealed at a later date. Feel free to leave any/all guesses as to what could possibly top the beer room in the comments please.
· Tribeca Whole Foods: Who's Got the Goodness? [Curbed]