Whole Foods 365 coming to Buckhead

Whole Foods is bringing its 365 by Whole Foods Market concept to Buckhead's Paces Ferry Plaza, the company says.

This news comes a few months after the Austin-based company confirmed that its first concept store in Georgia will open in Decatur

The AJC reported that the 35,000 square-foot Decatur store will anchor an ambitious 18-acre development including roughly 300 luxury apartments and 54,000 square feet of restaurant/retail. However, the logistics surrounding the Buckhead store are unclear. 

"We don't have publicly available information for when construction starts or the open date," Peter McCormack, a Whole Foods Market spokesman, said in an email. 

McCormack said the average size for 365 stores is 30,000 square feet. Yet Regency Centers, which operates Paces Ferry Plaza, shows the largest available space is 11,550 square feet. 

365 stores are more affordable versions of Whole Foods, the popular health food store with hundreds of locations — including one in Buckhead where Oprah was recently spotted shopping.

“As we continue to expand the 365 by Whole Foods Market footprint nationwide, we’re targeting communities where our fresh approach to grocery shopping will make the most impact,” Jeff Turnas, president of 365 by Whole Foods Market, said in a news release. “We’ve seen a very positive response thus far with our first two stores and look forward to bringing this concept to the Atlanta area.”

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