Large Whole Foods development approved near Decatur

An artists rendering shows a Midtown location of a planned Whole Foods Market at 14th and West Peachtree Streets. A similar development is planned at North Decatur Road and Church Street near Decatur.
An artists rendering shows a Midtown location of a planned Whole Foods Market at 14th and West Peachtree Streets. A similar development is planned at North Decatur Road and Church Street near Decatur.

DeKalb County commissioners have approved applications for a mixed-use development, anchored by a <span id="U67584763784lqY">365 by Whole Foods Market</span>, near Decatur.

<span id="U76024152518zvW">North Decatur Square</span> will also have nearly 55,000 square feet of retail and commercial space, and 300 multifamily residential units at North Decatur Road and Church Street. With construction slated to start in January,<span id="U02355380630Ntl"> the project</span> is expected to open in late 2018.

Commissioner Sharon Barnes-Sutton praised Tuesday’s the unanimous vote.

“Do you think DeKalb County is now open for business? I do and it’s open tonight” the commissioner, who represents the area, said in a news release this week.

The Whole Foods 365 is a smaller model with lower prices than traditional Whole Foods Market locations.

The project, which sits near DeKalb Medical Center's main hospital, is one of the latest to be <span id="U18035202173zqd">aided by tax breaks</span> meant to lure business to the county. The <span id="U43151452205meT">Decide DeKalb Development Authority</span> approved more than $1.8 million North Decatur Square.

The developer, S.J. Collins Enterprises, has said the 18-acre project will create 325 jobs with a private investment of more than $100 million, Barnes-Sutton added.

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