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Whole Foods Market to Anchor High-profile Development

SEATTLE - As it did recently in Manhattan, Whole Foods Market will serve as an anchor for a major mixed-use development project, 2200 Westlake, in the South Lake Union neighborhood in Seattle. At the same site Pan Pacific Hotels and Resorts will operate a 160-room, five-star boutique hotel, and Bank of America will open a 5,700-square-foot full-service banking facility.

Whole Foods will run a 47,000-square-foot grocery store, filling a major void for a supermarket in the surrounding area. The world's biggest retailer of natural and organic foods, Whole Foods currently has 160 stores in North America and the United Kingdom. The company has one other existing store in Seattle at Roosevelt Square and recently opened a second flagship store in Bellevue, Wash.

The 2200 Westlake development will also feature 261 condominium homes, 39,000 square feet of shops and restaurants, and a luxury spa. Construction began last month and is scheduled to end in August 2006.

"Whole Foods Market looks forward to providing the South Lake Union area of Seattle with a very dynamic shopping experience for people who love fresh, healthy, and delicious food," said Jim Sud, e.v.p. of growth and business development, in a statement. "When it opens, this will be one of the latest and greatest stores that Whole Foods has to offer, and we are pleased to demonstrate our ongoing commitment to the Seattle community by being an integral part of what we believe will be a premier and truly outstanding development project."
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