ASPEN BASALT REAL ESTATE – Whole Foods Market made its re-entry into Willits Town Center official Wednesday when it announced during a quarterly earnings report that it signed a lease for a store in Basalt.The company’s quarterly report said the company has recently signed eight new leases for an average store size of 30,400 square feet.The Aspen Times reported July 16 that Whole Foods had reached an agreement with Mariner Real Estate Management for a store of about 26,000 square feet at Willits Town Center. Kansas-based Mariner took over Willits Town Center earlier in the year. It has cleaned up construction sites abandoned by the previous owner and received a permit from the town of Basalt to erect the steel structure of the Whole Foods building.A source familiar with the deal previously said Mariner must turn over the shell of the building before the end of 2011. Whole Foods will finish the building and the interior, with a goal of opening in summer 2012.No additional details on the Basalt store were available Wednesday but an announcement on the Willits Town Center store is expected this week.The country’s largest natural grocer currently has 309 stores.
Staff report, July, 28 2011 AT
Cheesewall at Whole Foods Market Stock Photo