Columbia will get its first Whole Foods next year as Edens & Avant tries to breathe new life into a long-defunct shopping center on Devine Street.
The sought-after organic grocer will anchor Cross Hill Market, a new 74,000-square-foot, $23 million development at the former Kroger at the intersection of Cross Hill Road and Devine Street.
Whole Foods, which has stores in Greenville and Charleston, will occupy about 38,000 square feet of the shopping center, developers announced this morning. The rest of the center will feature a dozen or more shops and restaurants. And a new walkway will connect the center to nearby neighborhoods.
Whole Foods, which is based in Austin, Texas, will fill a niche in the Midlands and satisfy Columbia residents who have been pushing for a store.
“We’ve been hearing from folks in the Columbia area for years, we know they’re looking for more natural and organic food options and we’re ready to be part of this great community,” said Scott Allshouse, regional president for Whole Foods Market South Region, in a statement.