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Whole Foods groundbreaking in Fremont scheduled Jan. 25

By Chris DeBenedetti
Wednesday, January 16th, 2013 at 5:42 pm in Uncategorized.

A press release from the Fremont Chamber of Commerce (I plan to do a story on this within a few days):

The Fremont Chamber of Commerce and property owner Robson Homes will host a groundbreaking ceremony for the new Whole Foods Market, to be built on the Northwest corner of Mowry Avenue and Paseo Padre Parkway, on Friday, January 25 at 2:00 p.m.

Whole Foods Market representatives and elected officials will be on hand to participate in the ceremonial groundbreaking and group photo.

Construction for the 52,000-square-foot Whole Foods Market and retail development was approved by Fremont City Council in July 2012.  The grading permit was issued in October 2012.  Whole Foods Market is expected to open in late 2013.

Whole Foods Market has been long-awaited and reflects the city’s changing demographics. “The addition of Whole Foods Market validates Fremont’s attractive environment for lifestyle retail, and will serve as an anchor for Fremont’s new Downtown,” said Bill Harrison, Mayor of Fremont.

“The Fremont Chamber of Commerce is delighted and encouraged to see this type of economic development in Fremont,” said Cindy Bonior, Fremont Chamber of Commerce. “We know that Fremont residents have long expressed a desire to have a Whole Foods Market in our community and we are sure that it will be a draw for the region as well.”

Mark Robson, CEO of Robson Homes, added “Whole Foods Market not only offers high-quality natural and organic foods, but also will serve as a catalyst for other great retailers to come to the community.”

“We are thrilled to soon be a part of the wonderful Fremont community,” said Rob Twyman, Whole Foods Market Regional President, Northern California and Reno Region. “We are looking forward to working with the city and its residents during the coming months to both build a great store and to connect with and support this community via our various community partnership programs.”

More information on Downtown Fremont can be found at:  www.Fremont.gov/Downtown

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  • Marty

    I witnessed a Whole Foods groundbreaking before, and it is a sight to behold. The night before, a veg-oil powered backhoe churns up a swath of soil. They do this so those who will do the actual ceremonial ground breaking don’t have to exert too much energy.

    On the day of the groundbreaking, council members, Whole Foods representatives and civic dignitaries sprinkle a mix of flax, quinoa and granola into the soil. The soil is then broken with shovels borrowed from Berkeley’s tool lending program. Participants then dig to the pulsing beat of John Denver’s “This Land is Your Land”, liberating the ground for this transformative structure to take root.

  • West

    After Marty’s eloquent description of Whole Foods ground breaking, I am going to attend.
    I am so happy along with a lot of other Fremonters about Whole Foods opening up a store in Fremont.
    The only thing that spoils it is a comment about Obamacare being Fascism, from Whole Foods CEO. He later sort of apologized.

    http://www.nbcnews.com/business/whole-foods-ceo-regrets-comparing-obamacare-fascism-1B8022914

  • worble

    Whole foods CEO had it right Obamacare Is Fascism!! .He does not need to apologize.

  • bbox231

    #3 – What possible explanation could one use to rationalize the application of a noun like “Fascism” to characterize a *left-wing* originated program of *socialized* health insurance?

    Dude, at the very least please look up the definition of a word before you attempt to use it in application.

    P.S. – And, before you take on the Obamacare argument, please start with the rule of law that has been in place for decades which requires that ANY individual which walks into an E.R. is REQUIRED to be afforded care – irrespective of that indivdiuals ability to demonstrate proof of coverage. Everything else is simply a matter of sorting out who pays.

  • West

    The only thing upsetting me, about Whole Foods location, is they plan on putting another light on PPP, just before the light on Mowry going east. This is for the deliver trucks and another access for shoppers. I guess it is a small price to pay for a Whole Foods.

  • Dan Ondrasek

    #1 Epic!

  • charlie C

    Believe it brothers and sister… council members (Bacon) will be there at the Whole Foods ground breaking to try and take credit for something they had nothing to do with. Remember Vinnie deplores devlopers even if the development they would bring would be a benefit to most.

  • bbox231

    #7 – spam

  • Tony Irvington

    Oh my where’d the time go? I discovered soon after you said it Bbox- Bowling for .. is too slanted for PBS. I thought for sure I’d find all sorts of one-sided shows of all opinions, I scoured the listings and found Rick Steves to be about as radical as it got. You were right.

    Sorry I took so long to acknowledge that, but now that I have, thanks to you, had a chance to see what an incredible shit-parade channels 2,3,4,5,7,8,14 and 11 are shoveling into Americans living rooms nightly, I can’t see how it could hurt us to put it on in primetime any night of the week. Preempt Criminal Minds if necessary! I was transfixed The night I discovered bloodletting, dead bodies, tits, guns and dumb, dumb, what I had not been made aware of, soooo dumb. csi, criminal minds, the mentalist,
    I got to see on one of em a TEENAGER set off a bomb in the middle of A CITY, People are MAIMED/DEAD, then get chased down into a subway by a dude(goodguy) in a turtleneck with a badge and a gun, the TEENAGER then emerges from the darkness UNARMED walking toward the Cop on one of the subway rails BaREFOOT, the cop says something typical like
    “you’re going to jail joey, and you better hope my partner up there on the street pulls through.”
    The teenager then stops, looks dude in the eye and says something to the effect of
    “You just don’t get it. We don’t have you’re Fear in us, I don’t have any worry about what will happen when I-”
    the cops screams as the kid kamakazi suicide bomber lifts one of his legs off the steel rail and over to the electric one proudly electrocuting to a crisp right in front of ALL OF US.
    And I’m pretty sure I wasn’t the only person who -well ,not really- but maybe, THE COP I mighta thought-almost-for a second…
    was thinking! maybe.
    That Dude who killed himself in a way, …was Cool.

    This was on about a week after the Slaughter of the kindeegarden class.

    SO AGAIN, Forget all my earlier focus on PBS.

    *RESEt*  Nnow wee asskh

    Why WON”T they air
    BOWLING FOR COLUMBINE
    on any of these local or NETWORK AFFILIATE
    Broadcast stations???

    Huh?

    SPEAK UP.

    I can’t understand what you’re saying with that gun in your- Oh, my apologies.
    Nice to see you Charles. Happy Martin Luther King day.

    Now you on the couch. Answer Me Chickenshit.

    Why won’t they show us the

    Bowling for Columbine??
    (Academy Award Winning Documentary)

    ANSWER ME!

    NOW back to our real-life true drama of a beautiful widow with a sinister sister and a startling secret they both share in – How I Killed My Family and Almost Got Away With It.
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