S.J. Collins News

Wednesday, October 24, 2012 - 12:00am

What’s in store at Whole Foods newest store?

I’ll report back on my on-site sneak peek that takes place early next week, but for now, here’s what I hear:

Doors open Wednesday at 10 a.m., and since size matters, let’s start there. The place is 40,000-square-feet – that’s about the size of a football field.

Tuesday, July 17, 2012 - 12:00am

By Adam Van Brimmer

For those counting the days until Whole Foods opens its first Savannah store, the wait may be significantly shorter than anticipated.

Officially, the high-end grocer is sticking to its original targeted opening date of fall 2014 for its planned 35,000-square-foot market at the former Backus automobile dealership on Victory Drive. But the developer is to turn over the space to Whole Foods next April, and marketing materials for the site list Oct. 15, 2013 as the market’s opening date.

The sale of the Backus property and five other neighboring parcels closed Friday. Crews were on site Monday doing utility work, and demolition of the existing buildings on the site could commence as soon as the end of the week.

Tuesday, February 21, 2012 - 12:47pm

Store expected to open in 2013

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) - Whole Foods Market is coming to Virginia Beach.

The natural and organic foods supermarket announced Thursday the opening of a new 40,000 square foot store located at 1800 Laskin Road at Republic Road in the Hilltop area.

Tuesday, February 21, 2012 - 12:25pm

COVER STORY, JANUARY 2012

SOUTHEAST SURVEY: BULLS OUTNUMBER BEARS
Industry pros anticipate more deal volume in 2012.
by Savannah Duncan of Southeast Real Estate Business

The exclusive online survey conducted by Southeast Real Estate Business concluded that as a whole, there is a sense of cautious optimism that business will pick up in 2012 compared to 2011, although recovery will continue to be slow.

In the broker survey, respondents were asked if commercial real estate values in the Southeast have hit bottom. More than half of the respondents (52.3 percent) indicate recovery in the Southeast is spotty, varying by property type and location.

Tuesday, February 21, 2012 - 12:23pm

There’s a Metropolitan Planning Commission agenda item for today that’s sure to draw some attention.

And that development plan is going to be an interesting test case to see if various city, county and state agencies can work together to boost investment and job growth.

The MPC will look at the general development plan for 1801 East Victory Drive, the old Backus Cadillac property. MPC staff is recommending approval of the plan, assuming five conditions can be met.

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