EDGEWATER — A Whole Foods executive said the grocer expected to open its first Edgewater store in late June 2015 inside the former Dominick's on North Broadway.
"We don't see why we wouldn't hit that date," said Scott Saulsberry, regional vice president for the upscale grocer.
Saulsberry also said the new store should be able to accommodate two or three "hangouts," which could include a tap room, wine bar or other amenity to encourage customers to "linger longer."
Business leaders and property owners convened Wednesday at the newly opened LA Fitness across the street from the future Whole Foods to hear more about the recent boom in development in Edgewater.
"Broadway is about to explode" with even more new businesses, said Trinette Britt-Johnson, the executive director of the Edgewater Development Corp.
Attendees of the second annual "Dealmakers" event, hosted by the development corporation, boarded a pair of bus trolleys Wednesday morning to get a tour of the neighborhood's new developments, such as Maddiebird Bakery, a condo development on North Broadway, a new Metra station on Ridge Avenue and the redevelopment of the former Piser Funeral Home at Foster Avenue and North Broadway — among many more.
Whole Foods announced in January that it would take over the former Dominick's at 6009 N. Broadway.
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