Whole Foods Market will open the doors to its new, 45,000-square-foot location in Metuchen on Oct. 11.
The new store will be the main feature of a new shopping center on Main Street near the exit to Interstate 287, which will also feature state chain Jersey Mike’s and a therapeutic massage center. It will be the 18th location in the state for the Austin-based organic supermarket chain.
Whole Foods Metuchen follows the 2015 opening of its store off of Central Avenue in Clark in 2015.
Construction for the store was announced in May after the sale of the property was brokered by Metuchen-based real estate firm The Goldstein Group. The Goldstein Group sold the 319-335 Lake Ave. — the site of the new shopping strip — on behalf of Suburban Square LLC and the seller, MacPherson Realty.
The new store is expected to create roughly 160 new jobs and will feature full-service butchers and fishmongers, a hot food buffet and knowledgeable cheese experts.
“We can’t wait to serve Middlesex County in the ‘Brainy Borough’ of Metuchen,” Whole Foods Market Metuchen Store Team Leader Felicia Williams said in a press release. “We look forward to providing great deals, industry-leading quality standards for natural and organic foods and exciting new innovations like our ‘Comida Fresca’ Tex-Mex restaurant and bar.”
The new store also further puts Amazon.com’s stamp on the state. Last month, the federal government authorized Amazon’s takeover of Whole Foods for $13.7 billion. Almost immediately afterward, the company announced that it drop Whole Foods’ prices by as much as 43 percent.
Amazon also intends to use Whole Foods to compete with the likes of FreshDirect in the grocery delivery business, although details of that plan have yet to be announced. Spokespeople for both Amazon and Whole Foods did not immediately return calls.