Whole Foods gets building permit for Lakeway Center

The City of Bellingham issued Whole Foods Market a building permit for its planned store at 1030 Lakeway Drive. The upscale grocery chain announced plans to move into the space in February and started applying for permits in April.

The permit is for work to the front of the store, entrance and skylights. It was issued on May 20, according to the city’s website. The Franklin Corporation is listed as the contractor and the estimated value of the work is $400,000.

The 50,000-square-foot Whole Foods location is scheduled to open summer 2016, the Austin, Texas-based company announced in a February press release.

The space at 1030 Lakeway Drive has been empty since The Market at Lakeway closed in January 2014.

Discount Whole Foods?

In other Whole Foods news, the company is planning a new line of stores geared toward millenial shoppers. The stores will have a limited selection at cheaper prices than its main stores, a streamlined design and innovative technology, according to a financial report the Whole Foods released in early May.

The company hasn’t announced locations yet, but they plan to open stores next year. Whole Foods is building a team to focus exclusively on the new concept and is negotiating leases, according to the financial report.

“We believe the growth potential for this new and complementary brand to be as great is it is for our highly successful Whole Foods Market brand,” said Walter Robb, co-CEO, in the report. “We look forward to sharing more details about this exciting new venture sometime before Labor Day.”

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