How does Whole Foods Pick Their Next Location?

Whole Foods is now owned by Amazon if you’ve been kept in the dark. As you may know-Whole Foods does not disclose their “proprietary” method for selecting new locations. The reason why this has remained secret is due to what is known as the “Whole Foods” effect. Essentially, the Whole Foods effect is simply that whenever they enter a neighborhood-the real estate values go up. Of course Whole Foods would not want to disclose their method for real estate selection as this could drive prices up before they step in the door.

Some commonalities that have been noticed in Whole Foods selection process are they are often located on highways with direct access to a cities downtown. They have a heavy college graduate population. They are also taking an approach to be implemented in mixed use developments.

Now, Whole Foods currently being owned by Amazon and their CEO Jeff Bezos puts in interesting ingredient into their selection process. That interesting ingredient is Jeff Bezos and his political leanings swinging far left. Keep that in mind as you take a look at the next upcoming 55 cities Whole Foods plans on opening.

  • Arizona – Tempe
  • California – Long Beach
  • California – Los Alamitos 365
  • California – Malibu
  • California – North Hollywood 365
  • California – Porter Ranch
  • California – Poway
  • California – Redlands 365
  • California – Sacramento
  • California – San Diego
  • California – San Francisco (Russian Hill) 365
  • California – San Francisco (Stonestown)
  • California – San Francisco (Trinity)
  • California – Santa Monica
  • California – Sherman Oaks
  • California – South Lake Tahoe 365
  • California – Sunnyvale
  • California – Temescal 365
  • District of Columbia – Washington (Florida Ave)
  • Florida – Delray Beach
  • Florida – Ft. Lauderdale
  • Florida – Jacksonville Beach
  • Florida – Miami
  • Florida – Tampa
  • Georgia – Atlanta (Midtown)
  • Hawaii – Honolulu
  • Illinois – Evergreen Park
  • Indiana – Bloomington 365
  • Maryland – Baltimore
  • Maryland – Towson
  • Massachusetts – Beverly
  • New Hampshire – Portsmouth
  • New Jersey – Jersey City
  • New Jersey – Montgomery
  • New Jersey – Parsippany
  • New Jersey – Wayne
  • New Jersey – Weehawken 365
  • New York – Commack
  • New York – Manhattan West
  • New York – One Wall Street
  • New York – Rochester
  • New York – Westbury
  • Ohio – Kenwood 365
  • Ohio – Toledo 365
  • Pennsylvania – Newtown Square
  • Pennsylvania – Pittsburgh
  • Tennessee – Nashville
  • Texas – Frisco
  • Texas – Houston (Midtown)
  • Texas – Irving
  • Utah – Draper
  • Virginia – Fairfax 365
  • Virginia – Greensboro (Tyson’s Corner)
  • Virginia – Richmond (West Broad Street)
  • Washington, West Seattle

Out of these 55 cities-51 of them are under democrat control. Collin and Irving counties in Texas are red but turning purple as of the last election. Jacksonville beach is still republican territory but also seeing a shift. Its safe to say if you are living in a heavily republican district don’t expect the Whole Foods effect to take place in your neighborhood in the coming future.

 

 

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