365 by Whole Foods Market coming to Bellevue Square

Whole Foods Market has confirmed Bellevue Square will be the site of one of its first five 365 by Whole Foods Market stores.

Whole Foods Market’s first Washington store for its 365 by Whole Foods Market will be opening up in Bellevue Square in the second half of 2016, according to Kemper Development Company, taking up the ground level of the former J.C. Penney Building, now know as the South Commons Shop.

The new store model, marketed by Whole Foods as a “new streamlined, valued-focused brand,” having “everyday low prices on natural and organic products that meet the company’s industry-leading quality standards,” will take up 30,500 square feet of the South Commons’ ground floor, with 35,500 square feet of additional parking, according to permit documents

“The Whole Foods Market brand has helped lead the shift in consciousness toward fresh, healthy foods by offering the highest quality, broadest selection, and best customer service,” said KDC CEO Kemper Freeman in a Wednesday news release. “We are thrilled to be the location of choice for the first 365 by Whole Foods Market in Washington and we know it will be a highly anticipated addition for shoppers, residents and office workers within The Bellevue Collection and the surrounding community. Our earliest roots of Bellevue Square’s history featured a very successful grocery component and we are excited to once again have this opportunity for our guests.”