Growth Management and Tallahassee-Leon County Planning Department Help Bring Whole Foods Market to Tallahassee!
November 03, 2011
Whole Foods Market Inc. announced that it will be opening a store in the Miracle Plaza Shopping Center in the summer of 2013. The City of Tallahassee's Growth Management Department and the Tallahassee-Leon County Planning Departments have been working with the developer, SJ Collins Enterprises LLC of Atlanta, to bring the development to Tallahassee. Jeff Garrison, a partner with SJ Collins, will be available on site to meet with the media at 11 a.m. today.
"This will further enhance the Midtown sense of place and give this vibrant community a neighborhood grocery store," said Mayor John Marks, who also serves as the lead commissioner for the Economic Development Target Issue Committee. "The City's Growth Management and Planning departments have been and will continue to be proactive proponents to see this development from concept to reality. Additionally, I'm excited to have another grocery retailer in Tallahassee whose mission is in line with many of our community goals for living a healthier lifestyle."
The store will be part of a larger redevelopment of the entire shopping center and will serve as the anchor store. Current plans call for construction to begin this coming spring.
"Once we received the initial inquiry about the possibility of Whole Foods locating in Tallahassee, we pulled together Growth Management's new Customer Service Team and key Planning Department staff to work with the developer on the proposed site design," said Karen Jumonville, Director of the City's Growth Management Department. "Within a matter of days, we had a conceptual site plan that both the City and the developer were happy with."
"From the time of our initial inquiry, the City's permitting team has been incredibly helpful and responsive. The clear message we received from day one was that the City wants our development and they were willing to pull together teams to make it happen in record time," Garrison said. "We came in with a sketch as a starting point for discussions, and within a matter of days of the initial discussions, the City's permitting team had a site plan that better met the City's goals as well as the design goals for Whole Foods before we even entered the formal permitting process."
The site is located in the new Multi-Modal Transportation District (MMTD), which was adopted in an effort to improve urban design, increase bicycle and pedestrian mobility, and promote in-town amenities and destinations.
"The proposed redevelopment will enhance bicycle and pedestrian mobility in the area by providing a needed service in an in-town location that is easily accessible to several neighborhoods," said Zach Galloway, Senior Planner with the Tallahassee-Leon Community Planning Department. "This redevelopment is building on the momentum created by the Midtown merchants and the City during the Sense of Place initiative, which envisioned a bustling pedestrian district that stretched up Thomasville Road to this site."
Whole Foods Market Inc. is an Austin, Texas, based company. It is the world's leader in natural and organic foods with more than 310 stores in North America and the United Kingdom.
For more information on the City's Growth Management and Planning departments, including information on the permitting process, please visit Talgov.com.
Karen Jumonville, Growth Management, 445-0633 (cell); or Lizzy Kelley, Communications Department, 891-8533 (office) or 879-2178 (cell)