Whole Foods shopping complex set to 'spring' to life
Updated 6:16 pm, Friday, February 25, 2011
It may not look like it right now, but by late spring, customers could be shopping at the brand new Whole Foods store at Grasmere Avenue and Kings Highway East.
Despite recent bad weather, Whole Foods spokesman Michael Sinatra said the store is still slated to open in late spring, though there is not a formal opening date set.
The CVS -- the pharmacy chain's fourth store in Fairfield -- will be in a stand-alone building facing Grasmere Avenue, while the restaurant will be in a third building along Kings Highway East that will likely have a total of five tenants, he said. Fitzpatrick declined to identify the other potential tenants because leases have not yet been signed.
Steel girders have been erected for all three buildings, and a stone retaining wall built along Grasmere Avenue.
Construction of the project has been under way for months, which included an environmental cleanup of the one-time industrial site and blasting rocky ledge on the property. Handy and Harman, a precious-metals processing factory, had previously occupied the property for decades.
"They're proceeding ahead," Fitzpatrick said of work on the new shopping complex. He added that approval has been given for signs for Whole Foods and CVS. "We're moving right along."
Even though there was a large amount of blasting on the property, Fitzpatrick said there were only two complaints filed over the work -- one from a Vermont Avenue neighbor and the other from a resident who lives in the Greenfield Hill section of town.
Whole Foods, established in 1980 as a single store in Austin, Texas, now has more than 300 in stores in North America (one is next door in Westport) and the United Kingdom. The stores sell what the food seller's website calls "the highest quality natural and organic products."
The three other pharmacies operated by CVS in Fairfield include two on Black Rock Turnpike and one on the Post Road.
Chipotle Mexican Grill sells what is described as "food with integrity," using naturally raised meats and "responsibly grown produce." The first opened in Denver in 1993.