Whole Foods Market will aim for sustainability

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Fresh Market will not be the only upper-end grocery store to open in southwest Fort Worth in the near future.
Developers of the mixed-use development along Bryant Irvin Road plan to open a Whole Foods Market next spring.
Waterside, a development initiative that will be anchored by the 45,000-square-foot Whole Foods store, aims to bring the community together through environmental sustainability.
The Whole Foods store will feature recycled materials from the Lockheed Martin Recreation Association that was bulldozed to make way for the development.
A pet park, gardens, solar charging stations and information stations with interactive displays are also planned for the first phase of the development.
The property, located between Bryant Irvin Road and the Trinity River, is the first phase of the Waterside Development. Trademark Property and Sarofirm Realty Advisors are financing the $75 million project.
It aims to build a connection with customers “by making a difference in their community and their life by making them feel connected, empowered and loved,” according to Waterside Development.
Kymberley Scalia, Trademark’s director of corporate marketing, said this Whole Foods Market will be the first one in Fort Worth.
“It will offer a large selection of natural and organic products with features unique to this location, including a large outdoor seating area that will take advantage of Trinity River views,” she said.
Upon completion, the 63-acre mixed development will include retail, restaurant and office space, as well as a residential living community, a hotel site and an outdoor space called “The Grove.”
Plans for “The Grove” include seating venues and pavilions, local art displays and play areas for children.
“Waterside will become the premier hybrid community and lifestyle center in Fort Worth, featuring best-in-class community and lifestyle retailers and restaurants engaging the Trinity River and Trail,” Scalia said.
Construction on Waterside has already begun. Trademark aims to open the entire development in fall 2016, following Whole Food Market’s spring opening.
Bailey Kirby is the 109’s development reporter.  Email her at bailey.a.kirby@tcu.edu.