Great news! We’ve been hearing for a while that LoDo was going to get a Whole Foods, but until ground is broken you never really know how credible those rumors are. So this is welcome news – construction has started! This will be the Whole Foods flagship store for Denver, and it will offer extended catering menus and delivery to the city and the surrounding areas.
This store is going to be HUGE; 56,000 square feet to be exact. It will be part of Pivot Denver, previously called 17W, which is a luxury apartment community. Pivot Denver will be located between Chestnut and Wewatta, 17th and 18th avenues, and will include 580 units, three levels of parking, and three 10-story residential towers. It will basically be located behind Union Station, so to get to Whole Foods from downtown you will need to go either through Union Station or over the pedestrian bridge northeast of Union Station. That area right behind Union Station is so fascinating because it’s so central, but yet so under developed. It’s sandwiched between two busy areas (LoDo and Riverfront), so it was only a matter of time before it, too, became popular. I have a good feeling this building will help, and it will be a giant footprint for a giant community.
Downtown Denver residents are so thrilled about this Whole Foods because there currently aren’t any other convenient grocery stores nearby. There’s the King Soopers on Speer, but who wants to fight the traffic to get there? Not this gal. There were plans for a King Soopers to open at 19th and Chestnut, in the Elan Union Station apartment building. However, it was supposed to open a while ago and hasn’t yet. The brick façade on the first floor of this building looks very King Soopers-esque, but I couldn’t find any information on the status of its opening.
Pivot Denver will include another 12,000 square feet of retail space, but there are no published plans for what that will include quite yet.
The bad news? We have to wait until 2017.