It’s been rumored for quite some time now, and on Thursday developer Macklowe Properties announced that Whole Foods will be the first commercial tenant at the base of the Art Deco landmark, One Wall Street, that Macklowe is converting into a residential building.
Whole Foods will take up about 44,000 square feet of space spread out over three floors, with two for shopping, and one for backend operations. The conversion is being designed by Robert A.M. Stern in collaboration with SLCE Architects, though Stern designed the 155,000 square foot retail component of One Wall Street, which includes a glass exterior addition with 22-foot tall ceilings.
Whole Foods currently has 10 stores open across the city including one relatively close to this new location, in Tribeca.
"We’ve long enjoyed serving the downtown community at our TriBeCa location, but look forward to expanding our reach and bringing Whole Foods Market closer to home for area residents, workers and visitors," Christina Minardi, the regional president for Whole Foods Market’s Northeast Region, said in a statement.
The store is scheduled to open sometime in 2018. The entire conversion of One Wall Street is being carried out at an estimated cost of $1.5 billion.