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Whole Foods still planning Knoxville store, still don't know when

3:02 PM, Jul 17, 2013   |    comments
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Whole Foods officials say they still plan to open a store in Knoxville.  They just can't say when.

In 2011, Whole Foods announced plans to build a store at the former Knoxville Wholesale Furniture clearance center at Papermill and Kingston Pike.  At the time, they said it would likely be open in 2013.  But late last year, officials said it would likely be 2014.

There's still been no work on the proposed site.  In the past, officials said they'd likely demolish the existing buildings and rebuild.

A spokesperson told 10News on Wednesday that they were still planning to open here, but they couldn't say when construction would begin or give a timeline of when the store would open.




Plans for a Whole Foods in Knoxville are still in the works.

According to a Whole Foods spokeswoman, it most likely will not open until 2014.

Whole Foods operates a chain of high-end and health conscious grocery stores.

It announced a couple years ago that it planned to move into a shopping center at Kingston Pike and Papermill Drive some time this year.

In June, developers were working with the company on "design and leasing issues" and said they did not know when construction would begin.

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