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Jax Daily Record Thursday, May 7, 201512:00 PM EST

Whole Foods signs Beaches lease

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by: Mark Basch Contributing Writer

Whole Foods Market Inc. announced Wednesday it signed a lease to open a new store in Jacksonville Beach.

While the upscale supermarket chain gave no other details, the website for landlord Equity One Inc. lists Whole Foods Market as a tenant at Pablo Plaza at 1822 S. Third St., where it will lease 34,400 square feet.

The lease announcement was made as part of Whole Foods’ quarterly earnings report, as the company said it signed nine new leases around the country.

Whole Foods has one other store in the Jacksonville market, a 50,000-square-foot store in Mandarin that opened in 2008.

The company said a year ago it had no plans to expand in the Jacksonville market.

Whole Foods has 417 stores operating and an additional 113 stores in development.

The average size of the stores in development is 43,000 square feet.

The company said it “sees demand” for 1,200 Whole Foods stores long term in the United States.

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