After months of speculation, a post on Facebook finally confirmed it: Whole Foods is definitely opening in Harlem. The grocery store posted on its NYC Facebook page yesterday afternoon, writing "In addition to 2 new stores in Brooklyn in the coming years, we are adding 2 new Manhattan stores. Upper East Side at 87th street & 3rd avenue (projected to open in 2014) and Harlem, at 125th street & Lennox (projected to open in 2015)."
The store will be built on an inactive lot at 100 West 125th Street. The Post reports that Whole Foods will occupy 39,000-square-feet on the ground floor and lower levels of the five-story building, while a Burlington Coat Factory will take the top three floors. Jeff Sutton is developing the building, and there is a possibility that a residence or hotel could be built atop it.
· Whole Foods Will Open in Harlem and on the Upper East Side [Racked NY]
· Whole Foods Lands Lease in Harlem [NYP]
· Next Stop for Whole Foods: Harlem?! [Curbed]
Photo of Harlem Whole Food site via Harlem Bespoke