When the ceremonial dirt is flung at the Whole Foods Market groundbreaking Friday, local foodies and Fremont officials likely will cheer, though for different reasons.
The natural food store’s imminent arrival in the city’s Central/Downtown neighborhood grants a longtime wish to local fresh-food lovers but also places a retail linchpin in the 110-acre downtown envisioned by city planners.
“We’re trying to create a strong sense of place downtown, and having unique retailers is one element that gives people a sense of pride, a place where they can come together,” said Jessica von Borck, Fremont’s downtown project manager. “We think Whole Foods will be an anchor and a regional draw.”
The store is expected to open by the end of this year.
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