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Jul 31, 2006 06:57 PM

Whole Foods update

Curbed reporting that WF is coming to DUMBO:

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  1. smart location, that area needs good food, the deli, Peas & Pickles, is one of the worst. even their canned goods are always expired!! And the same people opened "Bridge fresh" which is
    more of the same. Whole Foods would def. hurt Foragers, an excellent market that is WAY overpriced.
    It seems like there are at least 2 Fresh Direct trucks in Dumbo, 24hrs a day,
    seems like a neighborhood ripe for a Whole Foods. And I'm sure Walentas and Two Trees will do everything they can to make it happen...

    1. What happened to the one planned for 4th Av. in Brooklyn? Was that just a rumor?

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      1. re: erikka

        I believe it is to be at 3rd and 3rd, and it is under construction (sort of) as we speak. They need to clean up the brownfield first before actual construction can begin.

        1. re: lambretta76

          Interesting...thanks. I rode by there recently and didn't see any changes--I wonder how they're going to work around that historical landmark house on the corner. Any estimated date of completion?

      2. I do love to go into Forager's occasionally just to see how much they've overpriced their fish on that day. It's so overpriced that they've it's passed outrage and gone onto comical.

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        1. re: PeteinDumbo

          I agree! Fish Tales on Court Street will have fresh fish for almost half the price!!!
          Guess they are counting on a lot of suckers with money moving into Dumbo...

          1. re: PeteinDumbo

            Much as I love Fish Tales, I beg to differ. Whole Foods' prices, and I check almost daily, are consistently lower, and the quality seems about equal. They are usually at least $5 less a pound for fresh wild salmon.

          2. So if I understand this correctly, if the WF site @ 3rd & 3rd opens people will be shopping for healthy food on the site of a former industrial brownfield? That makes a lot of sense.

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            1. That curbed rumor does not make sense.

              Consider the empty space at Atlantic and Court and the now vacated space across from Sahadis where thje furniture store used to be. The rents are substantially lower on Atlantic. The ABC warehouse has ZERO foot traffic. Both spots on Atlantc would be plenty of room for a Whole Foods.

              Atlantic/ Boerum. Cobble Carroll will see a Whole Foods way before DUMBO.

              Cheers to see Foragers go out of business. They've been on their way out ever since they opened, imo.

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              1. re: Larry Brooks

                They're probably looking for a lot of space, so I doubt if the furniture store is big enough. The space in the new Atlantic/Court building is slated for a YMCA (and I believe, a bank).

                1. re: bobjbkln

                  That furniture store was actually pretty huge but probably still not big enough. And the YMCA is already in place -- the remaining space will, in part, be taken by a New Balance (sneaker) store.

                  I can't imagine where there's enough room for them. They'll want at least 35,000 sq feet of selling space -- and then quite a bit of back room as well.