After several years of delays that caused a slew of rumors around the empty building, the Whole Foods in The Shoppes at Ellis Preserve in Newtown Square is finally scheduled to open in January, writes Erin McCarthy for the Philadelphia Inquirer.
Whole Foods first signed its lease for the location at Ellis Preserve three years ago, according to Steve Spaeder of Equus Capital Partners, Ellis Preserve’s developer. However, while other businesses have opened, the Whole Foods building remained empty. The opening was further delayed by Amazon’s purchase of Whole Foods a year and a half ago.
Through all of that, many people are excitedly awaiting the opening of the store that dubs itself “America’s Healthiest Grocery Store.”
“If I had a dollar for every time someone called and asked when it’s opening, I’d be a rich guy,” said Spaeder.
Whole Foods already has nine stores in Greater Philadelphia, including ones in Devon and Exton.
“I’m really looking forward to it coming much closer,” said Newtown Square resident Melissa Ford.
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