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Whole Foods Market plans to open a new store in Metuchen.
Whole Foods Market plans to open a new store in Metuchen. - (Whole Foods)

Whole Foods Market plans to open a new store in Metuchen, the company announced, continuing its rapid expansion in New Jersey and around the country.

Exact details about the new site were scarce other than it being among nine new store locations unveiled Tuesday during the company’s quarterly earnings report. The other planned sites stretch as far west as Honolulu.

Company representatives could not immediately be reached for additional information on the site in Metuchen, a 2.8-square-mile, Main Street-anchored borough in Middlesex County with nearly 14,000 residents.

The news comes as Whole Foods builds its portfolio elsewhere in New Jersey. The Austin-based specialty grocer has 10 open stores in the state, according to its website. And it reportedly has stores planned for Morristown and Closter.

The company also plans to open its first location in Newark as soon as 2016 as part of a high-profile project to rehabilitate the historic Hahne & Co. building on Broad Street. The store will be about 29,000 square feet in the heart of the city’s downtown.

The Whole Foods website said the Cherry Hill store will open June 18. The 45,000-square-foot store, which will be its newest in the mid-Atlantic, will sit along Route 70 and Kings Highway.

The company currently operates 379 stores and has a total of 114 stores in development, its website said.

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Josh Burd covers real estate, economic development and sports and entertainment. Before joining NJBIZ in 2011, he spent four years as a metro reporter in Central Jersey. His email is joshb@njbiz.com and he is @JoshBurdNJ on Twitter.

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