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Aug 10, 2007 01:42 PM

Whole Foods Coming to Noe Valley???

I just noticed on Whole Foods' website that they have now added a Whole Foods in Noe Valley as a "store in development" along with the Potrero and Haight location. Not that I'm a Noe Valley resident, but with Real Foods spinning their wheels for four years now, it seems that Whole Foods would be a valuable upgrade from what the neighborhood currently has.

They have it listed at just under 17,000 square feet, which would easily make it one of the smallest of the Whole Foods stores nationally. Deduction has led me to believe they would be taking over the spot currently occupied by the crusty, old (and last remaining) Bell Market.

Again, I'm not sure how this will sit with Fresh Organics' plans for Real Foods on 24th Street.

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  1. I was just at the Cala Bell store on 24th in Noe Valley and asked the manager what he knew about Whole Foods moving into Noe. He said he didn't really know anything (translation: "I'm not allowed to say"). He did say that there was going to be a big announcement in the next issue of Noe Valley Voice, which should be out later this week.

    I had planned to ask my next door neighbor about this. She works for Whole Foods admin., but I haven't run into her for weeks.

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      1. The recent article in the Noe Valley Voice said that Whole Foods "may" be moving in to the Bell Space. I have been in contact with the Whole Foods regional president on and off for the last 3 years begging them to move in. I was told that the space was too small for their expansion strategy. Maybe something has changed? We'll see.

        1. I live in Noe Valley, and for such a supposedly upscale neighborhood, I am stunned there is no decent grocery store, heath club, or day spa in the area. This side of town is STARVED for decent amenities, with a grocery store being first on the list. I am so sick of schlepping to the Pac Heights whole foods, and the disgusting Safeway always out of everything in Diamond Heights. I

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          1. re: luckygrlllll

            Depending on what part of Noe Valley you live in, it might be easier now to go to the new Whole Foods in Potrero Hill (instead of Pac Heights)

            I checked out the new Whole Foods the other day - nice to have (I live very close), but nothing earth-shattering. They don't have a bulk section (perhaps they decided they wouldn't be able to compete with Rainbow - but space might have been an issue too - this is the smallest Whole Foods I've ever been to)

            Dave MP

            1. re: Dave MP

              Just did a search and it didn't seem like anyone has written about this Whole Foods yet. They opened on Wednesday. Seemed pretty typical, though I was glad to see they had a huge selection of local bread (all the bakeries I could think of, including Acme), Haig's hummus, plenty of other local products. Now there is even one more reason not to go to the Potrero Center Safeway....although I doubt I'll be at Whole Foods much either. But it will be convenient for folks who live in SOMA, Mission, Potrero Hill and southward.

              Dave MP

              1. re: Dave MP

                I ran into my friend who works for Whole Foods. There's one opening in Oakland this weekend (I believe) on Harrison. They do have a lease signed on the Bell store in Noe. I guess how to develop the space is still in question. The 23rd & Clement space isn't listed in the stores in development section, but they have a lease on that space as well.

                  1. re: tranewreck

                    I just looked at Google Street View--you must be right about that since there is some huge defunct store at 33rd & Clement.

                    1. re: Atomica

                      I'm curious, are you certain that Whole Foods has leased the spot at 33rd and Clement? I live not far from there and that would represent a definite improvement for that site. That site was a tired Safeway long ago and then became an Albertson's.

                      1. re: poulet_roti

                        That's what I've been told twice in the past few months. Of course, I would need to triple-check, since if you look upthread, I misquoted the address. But there's nothing at 23rd & Clement that would be appropriate, right?

                        1. re: Atomica

                          No, you were right, its 33rd and Clement and it makes all the sense in the world as that has previously been a site for grocery stores. The area could definitely use and support a Whole Foods.

            2. re: luckygrlllll

              I wholeheartedly agree with you Luckyg, while house hunting nearly two years ago, I looked at numerous places that fit my needs in Noe and were cute as heck, but I could not bring myself to pay more than 1/2 million dollars for a glorified apartment that was not within walking distance of a market with quality, organic, local foodstuffs. Combine that the lack of a real gym, and I ended up in the Mish. Not as quaint and neighborhoodie, to be sure.

            3. in the meantime, you could quit emptying your gas tank and wallet by driving across the city to whole foods and try getting some produce more locally. the grocer on the corner of 30th and Church has been there forever, has notoriously good, and even more notoriously cheap, stuff, and its pretty conveniently located (ok parking could be better but get over it you live in the city).

              its across for La Ciccia right where the J turns the corner, and you cant possibly spend more than 20 bucks there on at least one - usually two - stuffed grocery bags full o' produce. i saw the same heirloom tomatoes there as at the new WF location on potrero for under half the price. it may not be super pretty inside the store but its an awesome deal, and right in the 'hood.

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              1. re: tex.s.toast

                It's called Church Produce. I hope you're not claiming that their produce is organic, however.