News that Whole Foods Market will be opening a new grocery in downtown Los Angeles will have no impact on the company’s previously announced plans to open a store in Silver Lake, according to company officials. In fact, the Whole Foods in Silver Lake, which would replace a Ralphs supermarket on Glendale Boulevard, is scheduled to open next year ahead of the 2015 opening for the downtown store, said spokesperson Andi Dowda.
“We are saying 2014,” said Dowda when asked for projected opening of the Silver Lake store.
The upscale grocery store chain, which operates more than 350 stores nationwide, is expanding as it competes with newcomers chasing after affluent consumers interested in organic and natural foods. Despite a reputation for high prices, the company has been working to reduce prices and offer more specials as it seeks to broaden its base of customers and enter new communities, according to the Wall Street Journal.
“The Downtown L.A. store will join the Silver Lake store currently in development to allows us to better serve the L.A. community,” said Whole Foods regional vice president Erica Dubreuil in a statement.
No further details about the Silver Lake store were available.