The curved southwest edge of the new 365 by Whole Foods building is now visible along West Market Street. The store will anchor the new development, which is expected to have three additional retail buildings.
WEST AKRON — Residents and those who frequent West Akron will be getting used to seeing heavy equipment in the coming months as several major construction projects are underway in the area.
Their work was so well received by Jeff Garrison of S.J. Collins, he rethought the overall project and has since renamed it to Peachtree Station. (Formerly Peachtree Crossing).
The students spent time interviewing potential users of the ‘pocket park’, gaining insights about the preferences and priorities of their intended users and ultimately ended up distilling their insights into five potential designs. They pitched one “concrete and clearly constructed Sketchup modeled design,” and Garrison loved it. The project took the students four months to complete.
Several team members from S.J. Collins Enterprises were among the first people to walk inside the newly opened store.
“It was incredible,” said Jeff Garrison, partner at S.J. Collins, the Georgia-based development firm that is currently developing several retail centers across the country anchored by either a Whole Foods Market or a 365 by Whole Foods.
In a Los Angeles suburb, Austin-based Whole Foods Market on Wednesday is set to debut its new chain of smaller, value-driven stores.
The first 365 by Whole Foods Market store is scheduled to open Wednesday morning in Silver Lake, Calif., followed by a second store in Lake Oswego, Ore., near Portland on July 14 and a third location in Bellevue, Wash., near Seattle in August.
Company leaders have said they hope the 365 stores will help the retailer shake off its “Whole Paycheck” nickname with lower prices, while drawing millennial and older shoppers alike and injecting new life into the Whole Foods’ earnings. Whole Foods is one of Austin’s highest-profile companies, with 86,000 workers in 449 stores worldwide and about 2,500 employees in Central Texas.