East Vancouver Whole Foods to close in August

first_imgVancouver’s only Whole Foods Market will close its doors in about two months. Employees told customers on Friday that the Whole Foods near 164th Ave and Mill Plain Blvd will shut down on or around Aug. 18, and will not be moving to a new location.A store manager referred questions to the company’s media team, which later confirmed the closure in an email to the Columbian.“We have decided not to renew the lease of our Mill Plain store,” the company said in a statement. “The decision to close the store is not a reflection of the tremendous work of our dedicated Team Members or our commitment to the community. We’ll continue to serve our Vancouver customers through our surrounding Whole Foods Market locations, which provide a more modern shopping experience. Our goal is to place all of our Mill Plain Team Members in those stores.”Anonymous tipsters who contacted The Columbian said employees at the store were notified of the closure at a meeting Thursday night. They said employees were told that Whole Foods has been seeking an alternate location for the Vancouver store but so far has been unable to secure one. Low customer traffic and rising rent costs were mentioned as contributing factors to the closure, as well as the upcoming end to the company’s current lease.According to Clark County property records, the store building is owned by Tom Moyer Theaters, better known as TMT Development, a Portland company that owns several prominent buildings and properties including the Fox Tower and the recently built Park Avenue West tower in downtown Portland.Most of the company’s properties are in Portland or elsewhere in the Willamette Valley in Oregon, according to a list on its website, but it does own two Washington properties: the Mill Plain Plaza shopping center where the Whole Foods is and the Orchards Plaza shopping center on Northeast 117th Avenue.Reached Thursday afternoon, a TMT spokesperson said the company had no comment.Word of the closure was posted on the Vancouver board of the website Reddit on Friday afternoon, and several commenters expressed disappointment about the news.last_img

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