INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – A 40,000-square-foot Whole Foods Market will be at the bottom of a 28-story tower, going up at the old Market Square Arena site at Alabama and Market streets.
Construction on the project should start sometime this fall and wrap up in 2017. Many Hoosiers living downtown are welcoming Whole Foods, saying it will make finding fresh food much more convenient.
On Wednesdays, shoppers fill Market Street, on the hunt for fresh food at the City Market.
“Buying local is important to us, we buy things from the city market when it’s open,” said Hannah Brooks, who lives downtown.
But the other six days of the week, finding fresh food has always been a problem for Brooks and other people living downtown.
“I try to buy organic and fresh food and that usually I buy only a few days at a time, so I don’t like to buy in bulk,” said Jen Weber.
Many living downtown have been traveling to the closest Whole Foods in Nora.
“We usually drive about 20 minutes outside of downtown to do most of our grocery shopping,” said Brooks.
A worker at that location always hears customers asking for a downtown Whole Foods location. Flaherty & Collins Properties, the project’s developer, says this location will be ideal for Hoosiers who work or live downtown.
“It’s very central. Whether you’re a resident on the north, south, east or west sides of Indy, you’ll be able to get in and out of the location very conveniently,” said Jim Crossin with Flaherty & Collins Properties.
But it’s not just Whole Foods moving downtown. The Marsh on Senate and Michigan will open its doors on May 15.
“I just think it’s great to have more options for downtown people, who live here and work here,” said Weber.
And more options, could mean more people moving downtown.
“It’s important to increase options for millennials and young people to help get families and youth downtown–really kind of build up what’s going on in the city. It’s very exciting,” said Desma Belsaas, who lives and works downtown.
Crossin says the 28-story tower will draw attention from across the county.
“It’s the first high rise built in downtown Indianapolis for many, many years. It really just sends a message really throughout the whole country, that Indianapolis downtown is very strong and vibrant. You don’t really see anywhere else in the Midwest–other than Chicago–a project of this scope and size. We’ve got lot of good stuff going on downtown but this one is even yet at another category that will really provide a strong, strong boost to downtown,” said Crossin.