Whole Foods Market, the upscale food retailer founded by John Mackey, is to relocate its existing operation in London’s Soho to a 17,000sq ft store to the nearby retail development at The Quadrant 3, which is due to open in May 2012. The new store will be based over two floors on the south side of the development and will be the largest retail space in the development and the only food store on site. The site will feature a butchers, cafe, burrito bar, greengrocers, bakery, fresh sushi made in house, and a new “grains, greens and beans” counter. Jeff Turnas, Whole Foods Market’s UK regional president, said: “We are very excited that Whole Foods Market is the lead food retailer in such as prestigious development as Quadrant 3. We are relocating our successful Soho store into this fantastic new space that will allow us to expand our offer and introduce new concepts.” The company recently opened its sixth site in the UK and first outside London in Giffnock, Glasgow. It is soon to open a sixth site in London, after acquiring the leasehold interest of a site in Fulham Broadway currently occupied by Thai restaurant, the Blue Elephant. It will open its first in England outside London next autumn in Cheltenham. It also operates sites in Camden, Clapham, South Kensington and Stoke Newington.

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