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Whole Foods to open Huntsville location in 2016

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The market is part of a new shopping center which would offer 100,000 square feet of retail space and about 300 jobs. The market is part of a new shopping center which would offer 100,000 square feet of retail space and about 300 jobs.
HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) -

Fans of the Whole Foods Market chain could at long last have one to shop in Huntsville.

Thursday evening, the Huntsville City Council approved plans for retail development on Bob Wallace Avenue at Memorial Parkway that will include space for the grocer.

Developers say the Merchant's Walk center would offer 100,000 square feet of retail space and about 300 jobs. City leaders and developers said it has been a challenge to get a marquee name like Whole Foods to move in.

"It's been very difficult. We first approached Whole Foods about seven years ago and they really weren't interested in markets the size of Huntsville," said developer Remy Gross. "Two years ago we approached them again and they had generated more interest, so it was a long process to show them Huntsville and get them excited about it."

The agreement provided by the council includes $8 million from the city for site improvements, parking and setting up utilities. Officials said the city will make that money back within three years.

The new center including the new Whole Foods Market is scheduled to open in 2016.

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