TAMPA, Florida — Foodies in Tampa don’t have to wait for more shopping options. A new Whole Foods Market has opened in Midtown Tampa, a development in the community that continues to grow.
The new store measures 48,000 square feet and greeted shoppers as they filled the parking lot on Wednesday.
“This place, Midtown Tampa, is just a great site for us. We’re located just south of 275 on Dale Mabry Highway, so you can’t miss us as you drive past. We’re centrally located, ”said Jonny Rose, Senior Marketing Specialist for Whole Foods Market. “This site is great because it’s a pedestrian environment, just great with hotels, apartments and retail stores.”
The store has everything from traditional groceries to the added bonuses, including a full-service butcher, coffee bar, and even a certified cheese professional. Staff say you can find over 800 local Florida products throughout the store from over 160 local vendors.
“This 48,000 square foot store gives you plenty of space to shop and search for your favorite products and be able to shop while having fun. This is what it is about, ”said Rose.
The Whole Foods is just one part of a growing development in Midtown Tampa. Nick Haines, CEO of The Bromley Companies, which are the developers of Midtown Tampa, explained that around 50% of retail stores are open and the rest of the retailers are expected to open in the next few months.
“We have BellaBrava, a restaurant in St. Pete, which will open in August,” Haines said. “We have Joffrey’s Coffee, which is a great local coffee roaster and coffee maker in Tampa, opening in August. So we have three to four retailers opening every month until this fall. ”
From apartments to retail and more, Haines explained that they were excited about the project being a new urban neighborhood in the community.
“We want this to be a really vibrant and pedestrian friendly environment where people can come to shop, stay and work,” Haines said. “I hope this will be a new paradigm for mixed-use development in Tampa.”