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Foods for thought: Amazon-owned grocer will open Ft. Greene outpost in January

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It’s a Whole new place to shop!

Whole Foods will open its long-awaited Fort Greene mini-market on Jan. 31 next year, honchos of the Amazon-owned supermarket chain announced on Tuesday. The new Whole Foods Market 365 — the store’s inaugural East Coast branch — joins the just-opened Apple Downtown Brooklyn as a retailer inside the nabe’s swanky 32-story 300 Ashland tower.

The store’s inventory will be similar to that at its larger sister locations in Williamsburg and Gowanus, but will boast a less robust selection of ready-to-go meals and grocery items — which have included such head-scratching offerings as “asparagus water” and plastic-enclosed pre-peeled oranges.

Several high-end food sellers including a bakery-and-coffee joint, an organic-juice bar, and a 100-percent plant-based burger slinger will also set up shop inside the store, according to the supermarket’s honchos.

And shoppers will be just steps from a branch of the Brooklyn Public Library, a home for the Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Arts, and a new Brooklyn Academy of Music cinema — all of which are moving into the 379-apartment high-rise near Lafayette Avenue.

Whole Foods Market 365 isn’t the first trendy grocer to arrive in the area — earlier this year, a second Brooklyn outpost of Trader Joe’s opened just a few blocks away at Downtown’s City Point complex.

Reach reporter Julianne Cuba at (718) 260–4577 or by e-mail at jcuba@cnglocal.com. Follow her on Twitter @julcuba.

Whole Foods Market 365 (292 Ashland Place between Lafayette Avenue and Hanson Place in Fort Greene). Opens Jan. 31, 2018.

Posted 7:06 pm, December 6, 2017
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Reasonable discourse

Morris from Mill Basin says:
Hugs to everyone responsible!
Dec. 6, 9:28 pm
SCR from Realityville says:
This Amazon food-mart,will likely be the same,as other"upscale";supermarkets.They will strongly tour their sales of health foods,yet they will sell virtually nothing,that those with common health issues. For example,foods that are needed for the most common health issues. Diabetes,High Blood-pressure;or Fthose seriously overweight-or obese? They will strongly promote green,as well as locally-grown,locally-sourced products,etc. Though,in reality,on their;very best socially-responsible days,such items-won"t even add up to five-percentage,of what's actually available. In addition,since it is Amazon,my strong guess;is that they will NOT accept cash? Some people need to,or prefer,to pay with cash.
Dec. 8, 10:07 am

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