The new Whole Foods coming to the Castro’s upper Market Street corridor will be opening its doors in a little over two weeks.
The organic grocery chain announced via its Facebook page this month that the doors to the store at 2001 Market Street (at Dolores across from the Safeway shopping plaza) will open to the public at 9:45 a.m. Wednesday, November 6.
The corner store is housed in the new rental housing development with 85 units built by the Prado Group. It recently received a flurry of local blog posts due to the portion of the building known as 38 Dolores having a rooftop butterfly habitat for the endangered Mission Blue and the inclusion of a new mural by noted muralist Mona Caron.
Even before it opens its doors, the new Whole Foods has been sponsoring a number of LGBT organizations. It was a lead sponsor of this year’s Castro Street Fair, is taking part in the 17th annual Art for AIDS event October 25, and is a lead sponsor of Thursday night’s Unmasked gala fundraiser for the GLBT Historical Society.
But the store’s approval in late 2010 was not without controversy, with nearby residents raising concerns about increased car traffic. Its placement on a prominent street corner also led to the push this year to adopt stronger rules against chain stores looking to open on upper Market Street.