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Whole Foods Coming to Brooklyn - For Real This Time



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    Whole Foods will go here.

    After five years of failed negotiations and stalled plans, Whole Foods announced Monday they will build a store on a parcel of land they own in Brooklyn's Gowanus neighborhood.

    The new plans call for a smaller store than in previous designs -- 52,000 square feet -- but it will boast a 248 space parking lot (with an area to charge a hybrid) and a massive rooftop greenhouse to grow organic vegetables.  That's very Brooklyn.

    The store will go up on Third Avenue and Third Street -- between the neighborhoods of Park Slope and Carroll Gardens -- whose residents had balked at a megastore, fearing traffic and congestion.  Also delaying the project, which was first floated in 2005, was concern over the Gowanus Canal itself, designated a "Superfund" site.

    Whole Foods Market will also offer delivery for area residents," writes Mark Mobley of Whole Foods in a letter to Craig Hammerman, the District Manager of Community Board 6.

    Mobley also promises that the new store will create approximately 350 new jobs with 70% of them full-time positions.

    There's no opening date set, but reports are the store will be open by the end of 2012.