SAN JOSE -- Whole Foods broke ground Wednesday morning on a long-awaited new store that will feature a rooftop microbrewery and a garden for growing hops to use in brewing.
The national health food retailer will sell more than beer at 700 The Alameda, but the brew pub is one of Whole Foods' newest store designs. The store will also include 28,000-square-feet of grocery space, sushi and burrito bars, and dozens of bins for bulk dry goods. But tofu junkies and lovers of all things gluten-free will have to wait another year -- the store is not slated to open until summer 2014.
The Austin, Texas-based grocery chain, known for its immaculate stores, expansive organic selections and mandatory labeling of genetically modified food, first announced plans for The Alameda store in 2005, projecting a 2007 opening, but landlord negotiations and design challenges pushed back construction. The original design that called for a 44,000-square-foot structure with rooftop parking was abandoned for a smaller and more energy efficient footprint.
Whole Foods opened its first San Jose store in 2010 on Blossom Hill Road and has been busy with its Bay Area expansion. It opened a new store on Ocean Avenue in San Francisco last year and will open another in the city's Castro District this year. The company is also making an East Bay push, with stores planned for Fremont, Walnut Creek and Dublin, and Berkeley will get its second Whole Foods next year.
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