Where will Whole Foods go? is a popular guessing game in Midtown. Maybe the old Osco/Katz drug store on Main Street? Maybe the old Apple Market at Broadway and Valentine?
Rumor has it that Whole Foods is now considering a site on West 51st Street for the relocation and expansion of its tiny Midtown Wild Oats store. UMKC is planning a mixed-use development for what is now a parking lot south of 51st, between Oak Street and Brookside Boulevard. We have heard that adjacent neighborhood associations are being consulted on the project, but that the grocer has yet to make a firm commitment.
This would be the end of a decade-long process to find a bigger home for the Midtown Wild Oats store. Back in 2000, the building that now houses World Market in Westport was renovated for Wild Oats to combine it’s Midtown and Mission, KS stores. The company’s financial meltdown and takeover by Whole Foods killed that plan.