MAYOR BOOKER TO ANNOUNCE WHOLE FOODS MARKET IS OPENING STORE IN NEWARK
29,000 square foot grocery store will anchor redevelopment of Hahne’s building
NEWARK, N.J. — Mayor Cory A. Booker, Whole Foods Market Northeast Regional President Christina Minardi, Newark Municipal Council President Luis A. Quintana, Councilman Darrin Sharif, Prudential Vice President of Corporate Social Responsibility Lata Reddy, L+M Development Partners Vice President of Development Jonathan Cortell, Rutgers-Newark History Professor Clement A. Price, and other dignitaries will announce tomorrow that Whole Foods Market will open a location in the Hahne’s building in Newark’s downtown. The announcement will be held Thursday, October 10, at 1 p.m. inside the Hahne’s building at 609 Broad Street. Additionally, we be cuttiong the ribbon to the new construction asnd redebvelopment of the Historic retail buildingt Hahnes.
Whole Foods will be an anchor in the transformation of the historic Hahne building, a 417,600-square-foot property with landmark status that has stood vacant for decades.
“We aren’t having to sell the story of Newark,” said Jon Cortell, a vice president of L+M Development Partners, a New York City firm that is co-developing the building with a local firm. Mr. Cortell said interest from other national retailers to lease in the building has been strong.
In recent years, Newark’s downtown has seen growth in the number of bars and restaurants—but few national retailers have followed. The city of more than 24 square miles has three full-size supermarkets.
“You have to convince the retailers that there is a market here,” said Jeffrey Robinson, an assistant professor at the Rutgers Business School-Newark, who said the city is working on attracting residents downtown.
Whole Foods has 10 stores in New Jersey, many of them in well-heeled areas such as Montclair and Princeton. In recent years, the Austin-based chain has decided to venture into inner-city areas of Chicago and Detroit to bring healthier food in areas that lacked it, said Christina Minardi, president for the Northeast region.
Whole Foods Market, America’s leading organic and natural foods grocer, will soon occupy an approximately 29,000 square-foot space in the landmark building and provide fresh-food access to city. The plan to bring the first Whole Foods Market to Newark marks an exciting step in the ongoing revitalization of the city.
Mayor Cory A. Booker
Whole Foods Market Northeast Regional President Christina Minardi
Municipal Council President Luis A. Quintana
Councilman Darrin Sharif
L+M Development Partners, Vice President of Development Jonathan Cortell
Prudential Vice President of Corporate Social Responsibility Lata Reddy
Rutgers-Newark History Professor Clement A. Price