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May 28, 2019

Whole Foods to shutter Bishops Corner store in W. Hartford, reopen in Avon

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Whole Foods Market Inc. said it plans to relocate its store in West Hartford’s Bishops Corner to a new mixed-use development in Avon.

A spokeswoman for Whole Foods on Tuesday afternoon said the high-end grocer will move its operations at 340 N. Main St. in West Hartford to a newly constructed store in the Avon Village Center.

Whole Foods will maintain its eight other Connecticut locations, including its West Hartford Center store, and others in Glastonbury, Fairfield, Danbury, Darien, Milford, Westport and Greenwich.

The expansion will allow the supermarket to add 50 new employees in addition to its current workforce, which will be able to transfer to the new store. 

Whole Foods said the Bishops Corner location will close shortly before the Avon store opens, but did not provide a timeline of when it would build the new facility or how much the project would cost. 

A Rhode Island developer is investing $200 million into the new Avon Village Center, housed on 95 acres near town hall. The project, which is in the excavation stage, will include 400 apartment units, and about 300,000 square feet of retail and commercial space.
Following Whole Foods’ departure, the Bishops Corner shopping center will include two grocery stores, including the Crown Market and Big Y. The shopping center also houses Marshalls, TD Bank and others.

Retail Giant Target announced in December it will open its first-ever small storefront in Bishops Corner in 2019.

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