A 55,000 square foot Whole Foods location is the first retail tenant to be announced for a very big new Mid-Market development, Trinity Place. The massive housing development there isn’t done, and Whole Foods, along with other retail tenants including a brewery and food hall, won’t open until at least 2021 .
That’s relatively soon when you consider that Trinity Place has been under construction for a decade. The development at 8th and Market includes 1,398 units of housing in three completed buildings plus 503 more in an under-construction tower. Trinity Place does already have one inhabitant— a massive, silvery Venus sculpture.
Mayor Mark Farrell greeted the news of a downtown Whole Foods as a positive outcome for the corridor. “Whole Foods’ announcement is a clear sign of continued private sector confidence and further develops a diversity of neighborhood-serving businesses in the Central Market/Tenderloin,” Farrell said according to the Chronicle. “This is another major milestone in the late Mayor Lee’s two-term commitment to revitalizing Central Market-Tenderloin.”
Executive director for the Tenderloin Housing Clinic Randy Shaw points out that the area has sorely lacked access to a grocery store and quality food. “It’s what we desperately need,” he said.
Perhaps by 2021, the Amazon-owned Whole Foods will have dropped its prices low enough for that access to be a bit more universal. And maybe this is how the area gets a taste of better fast food chain Locol, which once promised a location in the Tenderloin. Locol now operates a branch within a Whole Foods store in San Jose, and could expand to more Whole Foods locations down the road.