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Whole Foods Coming to Cherry Hill's Ellisburg Circle in 2014

The store will be the grocer's 13th in New Jersey when it opens next year.

Organic produce fans, rejoice—Whole Foods is coming to Ellisburg Circle.

The natural and organic grocery will open its first Cherry Hill location some time in 2014, announced officials from Federal Realty Investment Trust (FRIT), the company that manages the shopping center at Route 70 and Kings Highway.

“The Whole Foods Market concept and overall shopping experience is a perfect match for the Cherry Hill market,” said John Hendrickson, Northeast regional chief operating officer for FRIT, in a statement. “We are excited to bring such a tremendous and needed amenity to the community.”

It’ll be the 13th store in New Jersey for the Texas-based grocer, which operates 340 stores in the United States, United Kingdom and Canada.

“We are thrilled to offer another location and option to our customers,” said Scott Allshouse, Whole Foods Market’s mid-Atlantic region president. “Neighboring our Marlton store, the community will find the new store to rival and share many of the same amenities they have come to love and enjoy. We look forward to community engagement, opportunity, growth and creating job opportunities.”

The addition of the grocery store is a coup for the township, Mayor Chuck Cahn said.

“Cherry Hill is thrilled to welcome Whole Foods Market as a neighbor in our community,” Cahn said. “Not only are they creating local, family-sustaining jobs, they are revitalizing, renovating and reusing a property that will be transformed into a vibrant environment in the center of our town. Whole Foods Market, along with other nearby projects, is reinventing Ellisburg into a prime location for shopping in the region.”

There’s some work that will need to be done on the shopping center—mostly cosmetic—before Whole Foods moves in, FRIT representatives said, but other major improvements, including ground- and roof-mounted solar panels and a rain garden, were completed in the last year.

Whole Foods will occupy about 47,000 square feet of the 267,000-square-foot shopping center, which was left without a grocery store when Genuardi’s shut its location there last year.

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Mister Mike February 14, 2013 at 12:07 AM
I can already hear the whining from Collingswood!
C.V. February 14, 2013 at 12:38 AM
"but what about the national food market!"
Nadia February 14, 2013 at 12:38 AM
I just hope there wasn't a corporate tax giveaway in this deal. Thats a pretty important thing for residents to question in a deal like this. Jobs are great- but not if it comes at a greater expense of lost ratables. Also- can the west side support Whole Paycheck?
Funky Monkey Banana Junkie February 14, 2013 at 01:19 AM
Is there gonna be booze?
Bryan Littel (Editor) February 14, 2013 at 01:34 AM
It's at least a possibility. Township council introduced an ordinance that would allow grocery stores to sell alcohol - if Whole Foods bids on and wins a license this spring, that would open the door: http://cherryhill.patch.com/articles/revised-cherry-hill-liquor-license-ordinance-passes-council
Tim Zatzariny Jr. (Editor) February 14, 2013 at 01:36 AM
The Whole Foods Market in Plymouth Meeting, PA has a pub inside the store.
jennifer February 14, 2013 at 02:33 AM
great news!!!!!!
kathleen February 14, 2013 at 02:44 AM
The Whole Foods in Middletown, NJ has a full, amazing selection of beer and wine--I so hope the new store scores a liquor license.
Chuck February 14, 2013 at 02:52 AM
Whole Foods alread has a store in Marlton to serve the Cherry Hill market! They NEED to open a store in Gloucester County!
Babooshka February 14, 2013 at 03:18 AM
Too bad that shopping center is infested with rats..
High School Gradate February 14, 2013 at 04:21 AM
I wonder what is going to go into Westmont Plaza?
Tim Zatzariny Jr. (Editor) February 14, 2013 at 04:56 AM
Chuck, I live in Gloucester County, and I agree with you.
Wendy Kates February 14, 2013 at 01:53 PM
Trader Joe's would have been a much better fit! We need a clean, affordable, well managed store here. There are so many seniors in this area that cannot afford Whole Foods prices. When you are paying over $8300 per year in Real Estate taxes for a house barely worth $200,000. and still in decline, splurging is not on the menu.
Karl Albrecht February 14, 2013 at 08:39 PM
One coming IN; and One Going OUT!!! Strong specualtion that Pathmark will be closing its three remaining South Jersey stores soon in Edgewater Park, Camden and Church Road (CH). Parent A&P, recently shuttered its three remaining SuperFreshes, including nearby Westmont. We NEED affordable markets! Ravitz ShopRite will be the only reasonably priced market in South Jersey other than ALDI, which is opening soon in nearby Marlton. PS Everything in Whole Foods in NOT organic, and its private label, "365" is generally a ripoff!
Karl Albrecht February 14, 2013 at 08:46 PM
Chuck Cahn wants all frugal shoppers to patronize Dollar Tree. Would he eat the SLOP DT sells? Certainly NOT! Even the stale Tastykakes which are a month old!
Karl Albrecht February 14, 2013 at 08:48 PM
We heard, another Ollie's Bargain store
Ron Ravitz February 14, 2013 at 10:32 PM
Please patronize my brother Steve's ShopRite. We are locally owned, have friendly unionized workers, give many contributions to the community, and mainly give LOW prices and QUALITY product to our very, very precious and fussy shoppers.
Ron Ravitz February 14, 2013 at 10:39 PM
PS Ellisburg Circle disappeared in 1997!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Charles Montgomery February 15, 2013 at 02:21 PM
The shopping center itself is still called the Ellisburg Circle Shopping Center.
GLENN R MCLAUGHLIN February 15, 2013 at 08:29 PM
I was born and raised in Cherry Hill. I personally am thrilled about Whole Foods opening at Ellisburg Shopping center. What isn't expensive these days. For convience it is a great addition to the shopping center. Wegman's is to crowded.
Mall Fan February 16, 2013 at 02:26 PM
This is truly amazing! Rumors were flying abound that the Moorestown mall would land Whole Foods with booze at the Mall with one of its liquor licenses, just the way they did it at Plymouth meeting mall. The answer if it didn't come was that the Marlton location was too close and they would not build a new store anywhere in our area. Well, they are wrong! We're not complaining too much because ellisburg circle is much closer than all the way out in Marlton. Moorestown loses out on a good neighbor. Rats! Now, what about Trader Joe's to Moorestown? Hmm, try not to use that same point that they wouldn't build one to close either .
Acme employee February 17, 2013 at 07:48 PM
Trader Joe's is negotiating for Acme in Haddonfield, when new owner sells all real estate and leases.
kristina tomasso February 18, 2013 at 12:56 AM
Well im happy that Whole Foods is coming to Cherry Hill.
paul marshall February 23, 2013 at 09:29 PM
too bad we can't get a whole foods or a Trader Joe's to replace the ACNE oops I mean ACME in Haddonfield. The store for the most part is very unfriendly, is VERY overpriced and produce that is just NOT very fresh. Go to Wegmans all the time unless I am in a rush and just need a couple of things. Paul Marshall
Sue Martin February 25, 2013 at 02:52 PM
If it is true that the Acme in Haddonfield will be closing as a result of the chain's acquisition by Cerberus Capital Management, it will be sad. I've always found the staff there to be helpful and the stock great. If Trader Joe's does take over that site, I hope they take on Acme employees who wish to continue working. I have to add that I do enjoy shopping at Trader Joes, but that chain isn't where I'd go for laundry detergent, sandwich bags, etc.
Sheri Rourke March 08, 2013 at 01:24 AM
This is great news for me. No more driving to Marlton!
Margie May 28, 2013 at 11:08 AM
I'm so happy! I love Whole Foods and I was hoping they would put one there. This is great news!!

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