Come fall, Tri-city residents will have a new, high-end grocery store option.
Whole Foods Market is coming to Fremont and will be open by the end of the year at the corner of Paseo Padre Parkway and Mowry Avenue.
Fremont city and business leaders gathered Friday afternoon to celebrate the construction of the market that is currently under way.
Fremont's Whole Foods store will mark the 39th location in Northern California and will occupy a 39,000-square-feet building. Whole Foods is known for providing the "finest natural and organic foods available" for its consumers.
An additional 13,160-square-feet-building will be located near Whole Foods and be available to lease for other retail shops. Additionally, an outdoor dining plaza will be created in the shopping center.
On Friday, Mark Robson of Robson Homes — the property owner of the parcel — announced that the future plaza will be dedicated to former Mayor Bob Wasserman, who passed away in December 2011.
Robson along with Whole Foods Market Regional President Rob Twyman and Fremont Mayor Bill Harrison expressed excitement about the upcoming opening of the grocery store.
"We're very excited to get this store open and be able to partner with the community," said Twyman, who added that the company plans to add about 200 jobs for local residents with the market's opening.
See what else city leaders had to say and peek at the construction and plans for the Whole Foods Market shopping plaza in the video above.
- Video: Whole Foods Construction Underway
- Whole Foods is Coming to Fremont