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High-end grocery chain Whole Foods Market Inc. is shelving plans to open a store on 116th Street in Fishers.

Town Council President John Weingardt said Monday that Whole Foods is no longer expected to be the anchor tenant in a commercial development planned for the southeast corner of Hoosier Road and 116th.

“We got real close, but they just decided to back away,” he said.

A Whole Foods representative confirmed Tuesday that the Austin, Texas-based retailer is not pursuing the Fishers site, but declined to elaborate.

The publicly traded company has said in regulatory filings that it intends to triple the number of stores it operates, primarily by opening 35,000- to 45,000-square-foot supermarkets in new locations.

Whole Foods already has stores in Indianapolis and Carmel. In total, the chain has more than 340 stores in the United States, Canada and United Kingdom.

Developer HDG Mansur approached Fishers leaders earlier this year, asking for a new traffic signal for the proposed Arbor Village project at 11387 E. 116th St. A site plan reviewed as part of an engineering study included a 30,000-square-foot Whole Foods, a 6,000-square-foot bank and another 30,000 square feet of retail space.

Mansur agreed to pay for a stoplight just east of Hoosier Road and curb cuts that would improve vehicular access to the site. Council members had the request on their March 4 agenda, but did not act on it after questions arose about whether the plans were appropriate for the site.

Weingardt said he didn’t think the delay was a factor in Whole Foods’ change of heart.

Fishers was one of 50 locations the grocer was evaluating nationally, he said.

“It was a bigger-picture decision,” Weingardt said. “They’re just looking in a different direction right now. I bet they’ll be back.”

Specialty grocery chain The Fresh Market, meanwhile, is moving forward with plans to open its third central Indiana store in Fishers this year.

The Greensboro, N.C.-based company’s chosen site, at 116th Street and Cumberland Road across from a Kroger store, is less than two miles from the HDG Mansur property.

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  • South Side
    I, for one, would LOVE a Whole Foods on the south side. I know a number of people who would shop there as well. Though my network of friends isn't enough to maintain an entire store, I really hope at some point it will be feasible to get someplace like this. Right now I have to shop at 2-3 different stores just to get most of what I want on the south side and I still make bi-weekly trips to the north side to go to Whole Foods. If there was a Whole Foods near me, I wouldn't shop anywhere else.
  • rumors
    I can't believe they operate a grocery store out of that dilapidated 86th Street location. I wouldn't eat anything that came out of that building, organic or not.
  • Downtown
    Whole Foods would do great with the lunch crowd salad soup sushi people, and would be a hit with downtown dwellers. Would love to see it, but doubt the overall demographics downtown and surrounding are in line with their strategy.
  • Earth Fare
    Wonder if they were scared off by the Earth Fare in Noblesville? There were folks who drove down I-69 from Anderson, Muncie, and even as far as Fort Wayne to get to the Whole Foods in Carmel. Wouldn't be surprised if Earth Fare is intercepting a good share of that traffic, in addition to drawing from Hamilton County. I know we're looking forward to the Earth Fare on Range Line Road in Carmel. We expect to benefit from a little competition.
  • Greenwood/zionsville
    Money is not the issue in greenwood. There is plenty of that. The south side mentality is the problem. Most, not all, south siders think whole foods is queer fancy food. If it ain't meat and taters, they don't want to talk about it. On the other hand, I am kinda stunned that there is not a whole food in zionsville.
  • Where all the lights are bright...
    Hopefully Whole Foods and the other groceries will do the right thing and start locating in the downtown core. The suburbs are so 1990s.
  • Greenwood???
    A Whole Foods in Greenwood??? LOL, child please. Whole Foods, Trader Joes, Fresh Market, etc. follow the money and there isn't nearly enough of it on the southside.
  • hole in choices NW
    I really don't see how Whole Foods could make a go of it in Fountain Square - yes, the area and its merchants are having some success as a destination, but a grocery would need to be supported by residents, and I just don't see it (even with apartment dwellers near North of South). On another note, those of us residing in that other "north side" area known as Boone Co, do not find driving to Westfield, Carmel and Fishers convenient, to say the least. There's a booming population south of Lebanon that could sustain a Whole Foods or similar grocer in the Anson Marketplace. Since Kroger and Meijer can't and/or won't get their acts together, why not approach someone else?
  • word on the street
    The word on the street is that a Marsh C-Suite person lives in the area and that the Whole Foods would have been visible from his back porch. He basically told the Council he'd pull the various Marsh entities from Fishers if the deal with Whole Foods went through. It simply wasn't worth it to the town to have a big employer leave. It would have been horible for a little competition to be in his backyard. He must not be feeling good about how Marsh would measure up. Too bad for Fishers residents.
  • too bad...
    hmmm....wonder why there is no mention of Fishers pushing and pushing Whole Foods to Saxony instead of this location and making everything so difficult that basically forfeited the deal. Sad that a lot of people lost as a result.
  • How about the south side?
    Whole Foods should look at the south side, too. I'd bet Whole Foods would fly in Greenwood. Why not put it where they were going to put that Cabela's?
  • Good
    The north side doesn't need another Whole Foods or organic/natural foods market. Give the folks in Lockerbie, Mass Ave, Fletcher Place downtown and up-and-coming Fountain Square a Whole Foods. If WF can set up shop in midtown Detroit, it can certainly do so in downtown Indy.

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