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Charlotte Observer Reports - Charlotte will soon have a new player in the organic and natural grocery market, as Whole Foods Market announced Wednesday – for the second time in six years – that it's coming to town.
The upscale grocer has tantalized Charlotte shoppers since at least 2004, when the company first declared it was entering the market with an Elizabeth-area store that eventually fell through.
Now the company has signed a lease for a 42,000-square-foot store at Fairview and Sharon roads in the mixed-use Ashley Park development. That's diagonally across from SouthPark mall and near Phillips Place

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  1. Personally, I think it's too little too late. They've opened WF's in every medium to large urban area in both NC and SC except Charlotte (the largest city in the carolinas). WTF? They've been stringing us along for 6 years. I'm surprised by the choice of location too. Seems to me that general area is saturated with high end grocers.

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    1. re: lynnlato

      As usual, I'm with you LL. Could care less. I'm so much more interested in scouring the aisles at Super G Mart than hitting Earthfare (and that hipster doofus "urban" townhome extravaganza - it's all I can do not to bring a can of spray paint in there and tag it) so I really don't care about WF. I'm even increasingly underwhelmed with Trader Joe's. There's no way I can get everything I need for the week without making an additional stop at Harris Teeter. Pretty sure WF will be the same thing. Special occasion 5x a year tops.

      1. re: lynnlato

        Hey Better late than never. It is a great store and I am so unimpressed with Harris Teeter. I'm sure they are not trying to personally dis us. I can see you losing patience with them. Back in May 09 you still felt open to them.
        We are SO overdue for a Whole Foods its ridiculous - and a bit embarrassing, I have to say. Is CLT that insignificant that we haven't warranted a location before now?
        I hope they work out the details and make it happen... quickly.
        Permalink | Report | Reply By lynnlato on May 04, 2009 08:14PM

        Harris Teeter
        , New Bern, NC 28560

        1. re: GodfatherofLunch

          WFMI is not the Whole Foods of 6 years ago, the majority of the stock is held by a capital company and they are calling the shots, not the Eccentric Chairman/founder John Mackey.

          1. re: ospreycove

            There is no majority owner of Whole Foods stock. I believe the largest holder has about 14%, although funds and other ventures own nearly all of the stock collectively.

          2. re: GodfatherofLunch

            It is sort of embarassing... and I'm tired of the tease. They don't anticipate opening until 2012. I'm over it I guess.

            Ospreycove made a good point about them being puppetted by a corp. now. I imagine if I can't find a specialty cut of meat or fish I'd go, but I'm not excited about it like I once was.

            1. re: lynnlato

              SInce the WF opened in winston I have been a rare HT customer. HT's big but I think the service and quality of WF is better. I honestly think in produce, beef and lamb they are much better than earthfare or HT. In cheese they are about equal with earthfare

              Personally I think Charlotte could absorb two or three WF easily.

              1. re: quazi

                I agree, quazi. I'm just bitter. And yes CLT could support a couple of WF's - so why were we put on the back burner all these years. It's weird.

                1. re: lynnlato

                  LOL, don't be bitter. Its just business, nothing personal. The deal in Elizabeth never happened and the way traffic was closed off in that area for so long WF was better off. Talk of a deal in the former Home Depot never panned out, who knows why. If the 1st WF does well I am sure we will see others. WF really is a great store, so much better that Teeter and better that Earth Fare. I wish it could happen faster, but I am excited that it will be happening. Don't hate — welcome the great. Okay,Im not a poet & I know it. Peace

                  Earth Fare
                  12235 N Community House Rd, Charlotte, NC

                  1. re: GodfatherofLunch

                    Has it been explained why it's going to take until 2012?

                    1. re: southernitalian

                      Well, the boys from corporate didn't say anything about it while we were chucking back smoked wings at McCoy's but one reason might be they wont even be starting building Charlotte's location till next spring and then it just takes time. Hopefully they will be done before one of the 5 times a year tops that you will be needing them. :-)

                      1. re: southernitalian

                        If the building isn't built yet, it should take that long to get it designed, do building plans, do a site plan, get it through permit review, get contractors on board, and get it built, then stocked & running.

          3. I think I remain in the "Who Cares" camp. I don't see the allure, but I guess more choice and more competition are good. Maybe HT will step it up a bit.

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            1. re: sisterbeer

              The best Harris Teeter, IMHO, is the one at Stonecrest in South Charlotte. The President of HT lives right up the street and that is why everything there is always fresh, clean, etc.

              1. re: billyjack

                I agree on the "who cares" attitude. Too late for me, after being teased for so long about them coming to Elizabeth. Also didn't help when I read about how much of their "organic" produce comes from China. When asked if they certify it, they said that they use a "third party" company to do this for them. When this company was asked if they go visit the Chinese farms to certify, they said "No", they use yet another certifier in China. Certainly not what I'd expect from a company with a reputation like theirs, and not the kind of process that would assure me that the "organic" produce I buy wasn't watered with industrial waste.

                1. re: Jibe

                  Organic from China??? hmmmm, I would rather buy U.S Conventional production.
                  Trader Joe's announced several years ago they were stopping all Chinese imports. Is this policy still in effect?

              2. I will believe this when it happens. I have been submitting my resume for six years to WF, waiting for their arrival. Last time, they wrote me an email, thanks for your continued interest. I guess it's time for WF to hear from me again.

                1. One of my Jersey friends told me Wegmans bought some property in NC. Mulitple properties. If Wegman's comes Harris Teeter might cry.

                  Harris Teeter
                  , New Bern, NC 28560

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                  1. re: waitress

                    OMG, I LOVE Wegmans!!!! That would thrill me to no end if they came to CLT! My fingers are crossed!

                    ..."Harris Teeter might cry." - HAAA!!!

                  2. Ehh - between Earth Fare, Fresh Market, Trader Joe's, and Harris Teeter, I think the upscale grocer market in Charlotte is pretty well covered. I've shopped at Whole Foods when I used to live in the north and although the store is beautiful and the products are top notch, I think they price themselves out of the market way too often.

                    Along the same vein, competition is always good. Hopefully the Whole Foods will make my trips to TFM and Earth Fare cheaper than they are now.

                    Earth Fare
                    12235 N Community House Rd, Charlotte, NC

                    Fresh Market
                    4223 Providence Rd, Charlotte, NC

                    Harris Teeter
                    , New Bern, NC 28560