Whole Foods Eyeing Edgewater/Andersonville
Natural and organic food retailer Whole Foods has expressed an interest in the former Ace Hardware building located at 5820-26 N Clark, sources tell us. The 19,600 square foot building, which also has a gated parking lot, is currently listed for sale for $1.69M and being marketed by commercial real estate brokerage firm CBRE.
A spokesperson for 40th Ward Patrick O’Connor’s office confirmed that representatives from Whole Foods recently held a meeting with the Alderman after expressing interest in the location. She could not stress enough times that this meeting was extremely preliminary, and that Whole Foods has not settled on this particular site or made an offer to purchase the building but that the grocer does have an interest in the Edgewater/Andersonville area. This meeting was mainly to inquire with the Alderman if one of their stores would be wanted in the area.
When asked if the Alderman supported a Whole Foods store at this location, the spokesperson told us that yes, conceptually the Alderman supported the idea, but that much, much more information would be needed before taking a formal position. Whole Foods would have to go through the community and city processes that any new business would, including soliciting feedback from residents who live in the area before backing such a plan.