New Organic Grocery Store — But Not Whole Foods — Will Take Borders’ Rosemont Square Space

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Last week, the Inquirer’s Michael Klein wrote, “MOM’s Organic Market, a greener-than-thou grocery chain whose locations ring D.C., has signed to open its first Philly-area location. Its Facebook locates it only in ‘Rosemont,’ but insiders pinpoint it further: It will take the former Borders in Rosemont Square.”

We called the ultimate insider, Steve Bajus, founder and president of S.W. Bajus, the real estate development and management company that owns Rosemont Square. He confirmed that Mom’s will be taking 16,000 square feet (just about the same size as the current location of Whole Foods in Wynnewood) in the former Borders store at Rosemont Square.

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Coming Not-As-Soon: New Spring Garden Whole Foods

PlanPhilly reports that Neil Rodin, the developer of Rodin Square–best known as the Whole Foods that’ll eat the Best Western–is still working to come to terms with the Logan Square Civic Association on certain issues, including the impact on traffic. Rodin had commissioned a traffic study, but now the LSNA wants to do one of its own.

It doesn’t sound like Rodin is too happy about that:

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Why I’ll Never Buy a Whole Foods Steak Again

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Recently, I found myself driving from the Jersey Shore to a backyard poolside cookout in South Jersey. I needed to pick up quality steaks for my friend’s grill — I was doing the buying, and he was doing the cooking — and as I was left with few options (this being South Jersey), I diverted to the Whole Foods in Marlton. A Whole Foods steak must be a good steak, I assumed. Read more »

Spring Garden Whole Foods Cheat Sheet and Renderings Galore

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Questions and craving for clarification have been coming in regarding the new Whole Foods that will be at 501 N. 22nd Street, which is now the address of the Best Western hotel. So here’s a handy cheat sheet people can simply return to every time they have a panic attack or wave of excitement about hemp haircare and chickpeas.

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Morning Headlines: Renderings and Details of Spring Garden Whole Foods Complex!

Last November the Inquirer broke the news that a new Whole Foods would take up residence on the site of the Best Western Hotel, whose bar was eloquently memorialized (pre-death) by the Philly Post’s Simon van Zuylen-Wood. That 3 acre parcel of land had many plans before Whole Foods was even a glimmer in its developer’s eye: It was going to be the Barnes Tower, then Parkway 22, then Neal Rodin imagined 250 apartments above a 55,000-square-foot Whole Foods paradise.

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Huge Wynnewood Whole Foods Gets Go-Ahead from Lower Merion Township

At its last monthly meeting before the fall Monday night, the Lower Merion Township Planning Commission gave the green light to a huge new Whole Foods Market at the intersection of Lancaster Avenue and Wynnewood Road.

The new, 45,000-square-foot supermarket, which would replace an existing store just west of the site, will occupy a lot assembled from eight parcels stretching eastward from the Cumberland Farms store at the intersection to just west of the Citizens Bank on Wynnewood. Two large office buildings, the Cumberland Farms and six other commercial structures will be demolished to make way for the store.

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The B&W Bar at the Best Western

“Herein lies the paradox of being a regular at the Best Western Center City. As much as they might love Philadelphia, Philadelphia hasn’t always loved them back. Some of them aren’t from here; some moved away and lost their footing when they returned; others are bitter, or misunderstood. And some guys just hate the Eagles. So in a place that’s by definition occupied by visitors—a place that isn’t even welcome in its own neighborhood—a small cadre of outsiders has found its milieu.”Simon van Zuylen-Wood for the Philly Post

Glen Mills Whole Foods: For Those Who Like To Shop Drunk

The opening of the Glen Mills Whole Foods a couple weeks ago may just have been the best thing to happen to grocery shopping since the invention of grocery stores. Not only does the place offer 38,000 square-feet of organic, sustainable, free-range, vegetarian- and vegan-friendly gluten-free  and house-made food, but it also contains…wait for it…a full-blown pub.

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Ramen In the News

One of the most common foodie complaints of the last several years in Philadelphia is the lack of serious ramen joints. But there is hope on the horizon, or maybe just over the horizon.

The Royal Sushi and Izakaya, by the fine team behind the Khyber, Royal Tavern and Cantinas, was initially promised for September. That date has come and gone but the project is still a go. We’re just going to have to wait a few more months.

We missed this when it was originally reported but we’re excited to see that Yakitori Boy is looking to opening Ramen Boy, a ramen spot at 204 N 9th Street. No solid timeline on that spot.

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