Company expects to hire up to 120 workers for supermarket projected to open next summer

ASPEN BASALT REAL ESTATE — Whole Foods Market will create 100 to 120 jobs in Basalt once the grocery store opens in 2012, a spokesman for the company said Thursday.The natural and organic foods specialty grocer announced Wednesday that it signed a lease for a 26,000-square-foot supermarket at the Willits Town Center — just upvalley from the El Jebel City Market.“It’s show time. We’re really excited,” said Ben Friedland, marketing coordinator for Whole Foods’ Rocky Mountain Region.The store will open sometime next summer, depending on how construction progresses. “We don’t have an exact month at this point,” he said.This is the third time Whole Foods has signed a lease for a store at Willits Town Center. The initial lease, with a former owner of the property, was signed in May 2007 for a 44,000-square-foot store. When that project failed to progress because of the recession, Whole Foods signed a second lease with the former property owner, Joseph Freed & Associates, for a scaled-down store of about 26,000 square feet. Freed lost control of the property through foreclosure. Kansas-based Mariner Real Estate Management acquired the property in May.
By Scott Condon, July, 28 2011 AT

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