More Whole Foods for St. Louis?

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​You want to keep a secret? Don't breathe a word of it inside Whole Foods Market (1601 South Brentwood Boulevard, Brentwood; 314-968-7744).

The Brentwood store in particular is so terribly laid out and so perpetually packed that you can't mutter about the cost of certifiably sustainable salmon without someone clear across the store nodding his head in agreement.

Recently, though, the snatches of conversation we've overheard in the aisles and while checking out have been very intriguing. Specifically, we keep hearing that Whole Foods might be planning to open a third area store -- possibly within the City of St. Louis.

The murmurs have gotten so loud that Gut Check reached out to Whole Foods public relations manager Kate Klotz for comment.

Her response, via email, could be classified as a denial, but it sure does leave a lot of wiggle room: "We have not announced any additional locations in St. Louis. We are experiencing a ton of growth, and I know we are interested in expanding in St. Louis."

So: Whole Foods hasn't announced any new locations in the area,but the company is interested in expansion here. Yeah, Gut Check's going to keep a close eye on this story.

Readers: Where in the city would you put a Whole Foods?

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Whole Foods Market-Galleria

1601 S. Brentwood Blvd., Brentwood, MO

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Whole Foods Market-Town and Country

1160 Town and Country Crossing Road, Town & Country, MO

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Terry
Terry

Across from The Georgian (old City Hospital) on Lafayette and 44 in between Soulard and Lafayette Sq and downtown workers could stop in on the way home.

Bo
Bo

What about going into the old Schnucks building on the corner of Kingshighway and Delmar in the CWE? That place needs some help and it could really reinvigorate the area there. There's lots of parking and traffic. Please WF?!

Benya31
Benya31

Very easy, at the corner of kingshighway and washington at the old empty spanish church. such a beautiful building and would be a truly unique experience. imagine having a real market feel at a WF! It could be Saint Louis' version of the Chelsea Market. Plus its got a tall tower from which they could hang a huge WF flag, they give me that kind of feel. but seriously 5 more TJ's before another whole foods

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Timaaah
Timaaah

I live in st. Charles. And love whole foods however I know it doesn't deserve one. Cwe is my vote

JZ71
JZ71

While the old Foodland on Jefferson @ I-44 is intriguing (since it's in the TIF process now), I could see Whole Foods being very interested in the Fye Music store on Hampton just north of Chippewa.  Alternately, with Crestwood Court / Plaza on the verge of announcing their redevelopment plans, I could see them landing there, as well.  Ultimately, demographics will drive their decision.

Moore Family
Moore Family

Yesterday was my first time visiting the Whole Foods store in Brentwood & OMG, trust I'll never return. That madness was worse than holiday mall shopping.

One things for sure, if you continue to patronize a place that gives such horrible accommodation(s) for you hard earned money, there is no need for them to drive for change.

That place was ridiculous. If I had not stopped at Arhaus I would've definitely picked up our Nakked Juice at Dierberg's, the friendliest store in town.

bkrodgers
bkrodgers

I've never understood why Whole Foods in Brentwood didn't snatch up the Circuit City space when they had the chance.  It would have let them expand into something similar to the west county store.  Maybe it would have been a little more space than they wanted, but it would have been such a natural solution to their problem there.

Smithjones
Smithjones

Whole food in soutwest city sounds great but the Thugs will be lining up with thier posse's ready to prey on those who can afford to shop there . South West St Louis city is not what it used to be the Mayor has let the biggest tax base of St Louis down  and has allowed the SH*T to slowly invade all the rental property . The police are far and few "God BlessThem" The mayor has trimed down the patrols and not allowed the police to agressively enforce the law because it would be "racial profiling". Hampton village would be perfect if it was'nt such a SH*T hole of crime what a shame.

ihatesuburbs
ihatesuburbs

Keep whole foods out of the city as we don't need that pretentious certified organic horseshit. Talk about an overpriced and disgustingly trendy place for all of the cockwad hipsters to go show how trendy they are by overpaying for food. Keep this shitty big box experience out and build it where it belongs, in the shitty fucking suburbs.

Sharon
Sharon

Lafayette Square

Sharon
Sharon

Lafayette Square

Stacy
Stacy

Rumor is St. Louis might get a third Whole Foods! Keeping fingers crossed!!! Every woman should try their everyday Shea shampoo and conditioner, your hair will change in three washes, for real. Best part huge pumper bottles are only $10 each. Every girl I have had try it goes nuts and buys it. Just sayin!

Lincoln Douglas
Lincoln Douglas

Spot on about the Brentwood store. It's inconvenience and claustrophobic setting are the main reasons I never go (and the groceries are too expensive). South city seems the obvious choice, St. Louis Hills or Holly Hills. There's a ton of empty retail space at Hampton and Kingshighway, but it's kind of an economic dead zone. Lafayette Square is also a good idea, but I don't see that or the CWE happening. The WF model, despite what the city folks might want, is to go where things are pretty clean and security won't be much of an issue, plus where there is a sufficient customer base of affluent, hip people. Culture-wise, WF is more like Schnuck's than Wild Oats; they're not looking to appease hipsters and granolas, so I wouldn't look for them to go anywhere particularly interesting. To wit, where did they put their second store in St. Louis? Exactly.

Tad & Muffy from Clayton
Tad & Muffy from Clayton

WWRPS --- Where Would Ron Paul Shop?The location needs to be "ethnically" safe enough to allow students and artist to over-spend on organically e-coli laced arugula, yet "diverse" enough to be low rent.

Perhaps- test the potential locale by counting the number of hipsters you could hit with 2 swings of a dead cat (ethically recycled road kill of course). 

Davidpporvaznik
Davidpporvaznik

A whole foods would help the city a lot, when some yuppie gets transferred to STL and check out some city 'hood they are aghast when they don't find a WF.  Near South-side so DT people can use is too, sorry CWE, you made your bed with mid-county brentwood shopping, enjoy!

MJ
MJ

Kirkwood!

Ashlyn Brewer
Ashlyn Brewer

Anywhere in south city would be awesome -- I am sick of driving to Brentwood and facing that terrible parking lot.  I second the recommendation to replace that Food Land building. 

Kevin Dern
Kevin Dern

I think Whole Foods made a huge mistake by not taking over the Borders space when the bookstore went out of business. It could have been really fantastic...

Chris Spurlock
Chris Spurlock

I think the O'Fallon / Lake St. Louis /  Wentzville area could really use one. Maybe near The Meadows shopping center? A Trader Joe's would be welcome, too. Getting tired of Dierbergs and Schnucks...

Mark Corrigan
Mark Corrigan

Lafayette square and south city wouldn't be the best place for Whole Foods to play to their upper middle class customers. I think if anywhere, my money would be on Kirkwood or Webster Groves...

kitty
kitty

Central West End period.

LJE
LJE

I second Lafayette Square or South City in general! There are enough of us who are tired of trudging to Brentwood for both a poorly laid out parking lot and an even more convoluted store layout that we would so appreciate a WF closer to the urbanites!

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Beth Harris
Beth Harris

Hampton/Chippewa area would be handy for a Whole Foods.

Emily Barlean
Emily Barlean

Lafayette Square area! We need a grocery store SO BAD; and theirs an old empty "Food Land"  store on a big lot that would be perfect for renovation! 

logic
logic

it was never imagined that the whole foods on brentwood would be doing the insane amount of business that it does, thus the inadequate space.  the parking lot which is a nightmare  was not, however, designed by them.  they wanted to expand but only take a part of the circuit city lot, the entire thing would have been too much.  pace properties was not willing to deal even though whole foods is clearly the money maker in that plaza.  try going there on a weekday during off peak hours instead of on the weekend when everyone has the bright idea of shopping (which could be said for most large stores).

ihatesuburbs
ihatesuburbs

Well all I have to say is that if you live in city and don't like the way things are looking in your delusional mind then it's time to tuck your little tail between your legs and run to the burbs, the further the better. Pussy.

Chris
Chris

I guess you prefer shopping at the ALPS on South Grand?

Philip Scherry
Philip Scherry

They should have taken over the Circuit City and just punched out the walls in between.

ihatesuburbs
ihatesuburbs

Maybe you should try moving closer to civilization?

Chris
Chris

Handy for you, obviously, but already well served by other grocery stores.

Smithjones
Smithjones

Delusional mind? The delusion must be on your end , I like the city and like where I live in the city I'm not going any where. Facts are facts and southwest city is turning into Sh*t , I'm staying put and loaded for bear planning on sticking it out . Pussy's like you who are in denial of whats really going on is why things  are going down hill. Bigger Pussy

Lincoln Douglas
Lincoln Douglas

No, Dutchtown has not improved. I used to live there and moved out for a reason. What a dump, and it's not going to improve drastically anytime soon. Real estate values in Dutchtown have dropped by 50% or more since 2007, and it's simply not an enjoyable part of town. Mr. ihatesuburbs seems to have it in for anyone who wants to live in a safe area where you can walk your kid to a decent school. Maybe he lives on the one nice block in Dutchtown. There are plenty of shitty white people in Dutchtown, too (it's a great place to score meth!), and I got tired of being harassed and called "white boy" by my black neighbors. oh wait...WTF does this have to do with Whole Foods? Oh yeah, nothing, because they will never open a store in the city.

Cityslicker
Cityslicker

I could'nt agree more Smithjones , maybe the dutchtown area has improved some thanks to the bosnian's but i hear ya on whats going on in the hampton village area. ihatethesuburbs obviously does not know whats up.

Smithjones
Smithjones

The issue is not brown people fuckstick the issue is people in general who are shitbumbs and assholes like you who are blind to whats really happening. The fact of the matter is I'm not a Racist and i am a Imigrant who has worked  hard for what i have and watched  it fall into compromise because of dumb asses like you who think everyliving shitbumb should live next door to those that have earned what they have. So Fuckstick put that in your Libral pipe and smoke some of that.

ihatesuburbs
ihatesuburbs

Whatever stupid, I live in Dutchtown and work very near Hampton Village. If your head wasn't so far up your ass you would know that both areas have improved over the past few years. I'm guessing that you consider an area is shit simply because their are brown people walking about. Stupid racist pussy.

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