S.J. Collins News

Tuesday, May 31, 2016 - 6:39pm

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.

Tuesday, May 31, 2016 - 6:33pm

DOWNTOWN AKRON — During its May 23 meeting, Akron City Council heard more about plans to add another retail building that could house up to three businesses at the West Akron development featuring a 365 by Whole Foods store.

A representative of developer S.J. Collins said the 4,200-square-foot building would be located along West Market Street behind the Circle K at the corner of West Market Street and North Hawkins Avenue.

Thursday, May 19, 2016 - 2:13pm

While there won't be any of the rumored tattoo parlors, there will be robotic tea servers and in-store restaurants. More importantly -- we hope there'll be traffic.

Whole Foods Market (NASDAQ:WFM) announced in May of last year that it was working on a new concept store design, one with convenience, price, and technology in mind. The new locations, called 365 by Whole Foods Market, have been talked about as the savior to Whole Foods' declining margins and traffic, as well as a way to attract younger consumers with cheaper prices and a focus on more than just groceries.

Friday, May 13, 2016 - 10:34am

WEST AKRON — The new Whole Foods Market to be built in Akron will open as one of the company’s newer model of stores.

Company officials and the City of Akron announced May 4 the new store will be one of the first 365 by Whole Foods Market stores. The retail development, located at the former West Market Street site of West Point Market, was recently renamed West Market Street Station.

Tuesday, May 10, 2016 - 3:17pm

Whole Foods Market Inc. will open one of the company’s new “365” stores near Decatur at North Decatur Road and Church Street, roughly a half mile beyond city limits. Omar Gaye, the company’s South Region president, said the new store is part of an S.J. Collins Enterprises development that will also include another 60,000 square feet of retail and 300 apartments.

Collins has partnered with Whole Foods on a number of developments throughout the southeast.