Whole Foods nears opening of massive store in Midtown Tampa

exterior of a massive grocery store

Whole Foods, a grocery giant, will open a brand new 52,000-square-foot market at Midtown Tampa this spring.

Whole Foods is primed to open its largest location in Tampa in 2021. The expansive market is part of the ever evolving Midtown Tampa development. The Whole Foods sign was just added to the exterior of the building, undoubtably adding to the anticipation of everyone who lives/works in the area.

Whole Foods Market is right across from REI, the massive outdoors store that just recently opened in Midtown. Shoppers flocked to REI on opening day to get all of their camping essentials.

Relocation on N Dale Mabry Highway

“Whole Foods Market has proudly served the Tampa community for many years,” said Juan Núñez, President of Whole Foods Market’s Florida Region. “We are excited to have the opportunity to bring a larger store to the area, allowing us to offer our customers even more ways to enjoy great food.”

Whole Foods Market Midtown Tampa will employ approximately 200 locally hired full and part time team members. Team Members from the Tampa store will have the opportunity to transfer to the Midtown Tampa store as part of this relocation.

Whole Foods Market Midtown Tampa will be located at 1001 North Dale Mabry Highway, less than one mile from the existing store located at 1548 North Dale Mabry Highway.

New food hall opening in Midtown

Midtown is quickly evolving into a key food and drink destination in the Tampa Bay region. The popular Hall on Franklin will close its Franklin Street location to focus on the emergence of its large space at Midtown.

“The Hall on Franklin is moving to Midtown Tampa where we will be able to share our next-generation experience with you,” reads an Instagram post from the food hall.  “It will include outdoor seating, private dining, and enhanced service.”

William Dean Chocolates, a wildly popular chocolate concept renowned in the Tampa Bay region, will join Midtown Tampa in 2021. 

“We’re happy to announce new tenant, William Dean Chocolates to the best-in-class lineup at Midtown Tampa!” the developers wrote in a Facebook post. “Their decadent chocolates have impressed world-wide and their newest location in Midtown will not disappoint as it serves their signature artisan chocolates made with only the finest ingredients.”

A new gateway in the city of Tampa

Linking Westshore to Downtown, the 22-acre Midtown Tampa project is centrally located and within minutes of many Tampa favorites, such as Raymond James Stadium, Amalie Arena, International Plaza, Westshore Plaza, University of Tampa and Hyde Park Village, as well as the Tampa International Airport and Tampa Convention Center. 

An authentic and new kind of urban experience, Midtown includes nearly 2 million square feet of retail space, residential living space, and office buildings, with ample parking and intuitive walkability.  A social hub for entertainment and hospitality, Midtown also features the central green space of Midtown Commons, the 3-acre Midtown Lake, and the Watercourse recreational trail. The dual-branded Aloft and Element property will feature 226 rooms and is expected to open January 2021. 

So far, Midtown has announced a new restaurant by chef Chris Ponte, who is a local favorite, as well as Shake Shack, BellaBrava New World Trattoria, Burtons Grill & Bar, True Food Kitchen and Joffrey’s Coffee Tea Café.

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Written by Andrew Harlan

Andrew Harlan

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