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Whole Foods moves forward on Commack, Garden City locations

The new stores, scheduled to open in 2019 and 2020, will join the grocer's three LI outlets in Jericho, Manhasset and Lake Grove.

Whole Foods is moving forward with plans for

Whole Foods is moving forward with plans for a Garden City store. Photo Credit: Newsday / John Paraskevas

Whole Foods Market is moving forward with its plans to set up shop in a former Pepsi bottling plant in Garden City in 2020, and is on track to open a Commack store in 2019.

On Tuesday, the Hempstead Town Board voted unanimously in favor of a site plan associated with a building permit application for the 50,000-square-foot Garden City store, and a pad for a 4,895-square-foot “future retail building with associated site improvements” at 867 East Gate Blvd., according to the meeting agenda.

The site plan is awaiting Nassau County approval because East Gate Boulevard is a county-owned road.

Whole Foods has three stores on Long Island — in Jericho, Manhasset and Lake Grove — and the Commack location is under construction in a former King Kullen. 

That location, which Whole Foods is leasing from New Hyde Park-based Kimco Realty Corp., is expected to open in the first half of 2019, Kimco spokeswoman Jennifer Maisch said.

The Whole Foods store planned for Garden City would be in a retrofitted structure, according to Hempstead officials.

“We are excited that Whole Foods is coming to the Town of Hempstead, delivering high-quality, tasty and sustainable foods to our residents. We look forward to working together and partnering on healthy initiatives in the community,” Hempstead Supervisor Laura Gillen said in a statement.

H2M Architects and Engineers submitted the site plan application to Hempstead on behalf of Midwood Management Corp., a Manhattan-based real estate company.

The Garden City Whole Foods would open in 2020, according to Midwood’s website.

Whole Foods said it had no comment for this story.  Midwood did not respond to requests for comment.

Austin, Texas-based Whole Foods has 477 stores, including 457 in the United States. Amazon purchased the company for $13.7 billion in August.

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