With New Wynnewood Whole Foods Coming, Other Buildings to be Demolished

A WP Realty representative provided some more details on the new Wynnewood Whole Foods store, set to open in 2015.

As Patch reported earlier this week, —moving from a 16,650 square foot store to a new 45,000 foot store with 254 parking spaces, according to a Whole Foods press release.

Dan Fuchs, vice president of construction and development at WP Realty, spoke with Patch on Friday regarding the upcoming development.

Here are some highlights:

Will it be a standalone store? The new store will not be the anchor store in a stretch of stores, but a standalone store, Fuchs confirmed.

Where exactly will it be? The new store will extend from Wynnewood Rd. and Hampstead Circle down to 23 Wynnewood Rd. The store will end before the property, which is not owned by WP Realty.

What will happen to the buildings there currently? The stores affected, located from 1 E. Wynnewood Rd. to 23 E. Wynnewood Rd., include , an office building and . Those buildings will be demolished, Fuchs said.

"We have some flexibility with their leases," Fuchs said. "They're all short term leases at this point."

What will not be affected? Not affected by the new Whole Foods building are (29 E. Wynnewood Rd.) and 35-39 E. Wynnewood Road, all of which are also owned by WP Realty.

Is more development coming? The original Whole Foods press release stated that the new store would be part of a revitalization effort on the Wynnewood Road corridor, located across from the .

No changes to WP Realty's other properties (29 E. Wynnewood Rd., 35-39 E. Wynnewood Rd.) have yet been announced.

"We're looking at options for that; there's nothing concrete right now," Fuchs said.

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Lori Israeli July 28, 2012 at 10:38 AM
If you happen to interview him again, are they thinking of doing a parking garage under the building like at the one in Plymouth Meeting? It appears that the new store will be roughly the same size as the one in Plymouth Meeting. Can we expect it to be similar as far as features? Will there be a pub, a large eating area, a children's play area and a community center available for rental? Maybe it is too early to answer these questions, but it is definitely an exciting proposition for our community. (We lived in Plymouth Meeting and just moved to Ardmore in November and it was really nice having that WFs nearby in PM. That is the only thing I've really missed from PM). This is going to be awesome!
CDD July 28, 2012 at 01:42 PM
And the Cumberland Farms? Will it be relocated nearby? Their gas prices are among the best and they do a brisk business, so I can't imagine not having one nearby. Perhaps they will take over the now vacant property across the street?
G Kimmo July 28, 2012 at 02:53 PM
Thanks, Amanda....very helpful information
Amanda Mahnke (Editor) July 28, 2012 at 03:19 PM
CDD, I'll look into this next week.
Amanda Mahnke (Editor) July 28, 2012 at 03:23 PM
Some more details (and sketch plans, at least for the building/parking lot location) should be available in a few weeks. Fuchs didn't mention anything about underground parking, but I'll bring it up the next time I speak with him.
Ursula-Nicole July 28, 2012 at 03:40 PM
Wow, this is going to be a traffic nightmare.
Mildred Roberts July 28, 2012 at 08:31 PM
A lot can happen to the community and to the economy between now and 2015. I'll believe it when the Grand Opening circular arrives in the mail.
Damon DiPlacido July 30, 2012 at 02:17 AM
Lori - The Plym Mtg store is about +/- 65,000 SF, this one is going to be 45,000 SF
Pamela July 31, 2012 at 12:24 AM
Where's Library Video going to move? It will be nice to have a decent sized Whole Foods (although Trader Joe's will always be my store of preference).
Mildred Roberts July 31, 2012 at 02:53 AM
Agreed. TJ could use bigger digs, also.
Fran Lipstein August 01, 2012 at 04:13 PM
ShopRite is expected to take over SuperFresh on Lancaster Avenue. SR has great storebrand products, including its own ShopRite line of Kosher and Organic, much cheaper than Giant and the gonifs of whole food
Brian A. August 01, 2012 at 07:31 PM
Again with this garbage? Can't you just go away?
Mildred Roberts August 02, 2012 at 03:29 AM
If Whole Foods knows Yiddish, they're not going to be pleased with your accusation.
Lori Israeli August 03, 2012 at 10:33 AM
You know, there are conflicting reports of the size of the one in PM. Now that I did a more thorough search, some places say 45,000 sq ft and some say 65,000 sq ft. I dug through the Whole Foods site itself, and in a shareholder report, it says 65,000, so I guess it is 20K sq ft bigger. Sorry for the misinformation. I relied on this article from when it opened: http://www.montgomerynews.com/articles/2010/01/13/colonial_news/news/doc4b4cba5e8e815237539238.txt My excitement got the better of me. Thank you, Amanda, for your reply to my questions. I really appreciate it. 45K square feet is still going to get the job done! A tiny WFs the day before Thanksgiving is a challenge, especially in that parking lot. I love the Main Line, but the tiny women in gigantic SUVs can be problematic in small parking lots;) I like Shop Rite too, so that is good news as well. There was one in East Norriton. They had EVERYTHING you could possibly imagine.
Lori Israeli August 03, 2012 at 10:35 AM
I replied below. You are right. I am sorry for the misinformation. I relied on an article from the opening of the PM store, but then found that the PM WFs is 65K.
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Adrian Seltzer April 08, 2013 at 03:30 PM
Is the Shop Rite going to be owned by the Brown's? They had the Food Fare and that was a great market. They had everything. When Genuardi's opened they had less selection even though the space was larger.


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