Natural grocer, new owner of Basalt project reach agreement for supermarket. The opening of the supermarket is expected to be in the summer of 2012

BASALT REAL ESTATE — Whole Foods Market reached an agreement Friday with the new owner of Willits Town Center to open a grocery store at the Basalt development, a source familiar with the deal said.It is the third time the natural grocer has signed a lease for a store at Willits. The two previous leases — signed with the prior owner of Willits Town Center — were nullified by the owner’s inability to construct a building. Those deals were victims of the recession. Kansas-based Mariner breathed new life into the project with the acquisition of Willits Town Center in May. A top Mariner official said at the time the company’s goal was to re-sign Whole Foods as the anchor tenant and restart construction “soon.”The new lease is for a 26,000-square-foot store, according to the source, who didn’t want to be named for lack of authorization to speak about the deal.
By Scott Condon, July 15, 2011 AT

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An interior shot of of Whole Foods Market.