First came REI and Shake Shack. Next up: Whole Foods.
Tampa’s newest Whole Foods grocery will open in Midtown Tampa on July 7, the company announced Wednesday.
The 48,000-square-foot store is actually a relocation of the existing Whole Foods less than a mile to the north at 1548 N Dale Mabry Highway. That 33,000-square-foot store opened as a Wild Oats in 2006 before adopting the Whole Foods moniker in 2007. That store will close just before the new one opens.
An announcement from the company focused on local and Florida products the new store will sell, with the store expected to carry more than 800 products from 160 Sunshine State providers. They’ll include well-known local companies like Buddy Brew Coffee, Mother Kombucha and Toffee to Go.
The announcement said the store will carry a selection of more than 200 craft beers, including two exclusive to the location: 13 Midtown Hazy IPA from Coppertail Brewing and Hello Neighbor Key Lime IPA from Cigar City Brewing.
The $500 million Midtown Tampa development has seen a flurry of openings over the last couple of months, from its first hotel to Tampa’s first REI and Shake Shack stores. Still to come are a slew of restaurants including a new Ben and Jerry’s Scoop Shop, an outpost of Drew Brees’ Walk-On’s Sports Bistreaux, and a True Food Kitchen, which is partly backed by Oprah Winfrey.
Whole Foods also has stores in Carrollwood and Clearwater, and the company has confirmed a St. Petersburg store is in development.
When it opens, the address of the new Whole Foods will be 3740 Midtown Drive in Tampa.