Whole Foods Coming to Morristown

Texas-based company announced they will move into space currently occupied by A&P on Washington Street sometime in 2014, 2015.

For those looking for their Whole Foods Market fix that don't want to go to Madison or the one recently announced for Parsippany, your prayers have been answered.

Well, they will be a year or two from now.

During the Austin, Texas-based company's quarterly earnings call Wednesday, it was announced that, among a slate of new store openings, a Morristown location was planned for a 2014, 2015 opening in the space currently occupied by A&P on Washington Street.

A&P will retain the space until the end of 2013, said Michael Sinatra, a Whole Foods Market Northeast Public Relations representative. "It's still their space, they're still operating a store there."

For now.

"We have signed a lease saying that we will be utilizing the property," Sinatra said. "We have committed to it and as soon as we can take over, we will. We have long heard from that community that they wanted a Whole Foods nearby. We are excited to be coming a little closer to home."

Patch will provide updates as they become available.

Scott Houston November 08, 2012 at 06:36 PM
Sad to read the A&P will be closing. Have been shopping there since 1979 !
Debbie Bruen November 08, 2012 at 10:21 PM
I am thrilled - I wish they were coming sooner - A&P could have made a go of it but it has gone down hill and even though it is the closest food store around I have not been there for years!
Carl Scherzer November 08, 2012 at 10:21 PM
I don't have a problem with a Whole Foods in town but I do have a problem with them replacing the A&P. Can't they find another space? What about all that empty retail space in the Epstein's (40 Park) building? Not everyone in town is able to afford King's prices and Whole Foods will be more expensive. The only other grocery store in town is The Morris Gourmet Farms market behind Staples...they have a decent selection and it's a great store for fish and produce, but they don't carry many of the national brands or have the sales and specials that a supermarket does. It's a real shame that there will be less affordable food within walking distance.
Diane November 08, 2012 at 11:10 PM
I don't agree it's a great idea at AT ALL.  Morristown needs a market the average person can afford--not another high-priced, over-priced market.  I won't be able to shop there, and I frequent the A&P at least 3 times a week.  Bad move, and I am sure I am not alone with my opinion!
Terry November 08, 2012 at 11:18 PM
Sam, you very crazy person, no one is going to travel from Morristown, NJ to Brooklyn for groceries unless you can guarantee that stuff at Food Basics is, like, free!
Guy Incognito November 09, 2012 at 12:30 AM
Or you can support local owned Grassroots Market filling the hole that was the old Health Shoppe. Judging by the one in Denville this one should be really nice.
Guy Incognito November 09, 2012 at 12:40 AM
p.s. i dont even shop at wholefoods except to get a few things the cheaper markets have. if you shop at a&p why would you switch completely to whole foods. theyre two different things for the most part.
Prentiss Gray November 09, 2012 at 06:44 PM
Bummer, I'll live right up the hill from the most expensive grocery store around. But I do second the notion that they pick up the A&P staff, they are gems. I just hope Wholefoods treats them better than A&P has.
Javelin November 09, 2012 at 06:47 PM
WF prices are much higher than A&P. Where will the lower income people shop?
Chris Obama Christie November 10, 2012 at 07:34 PM
Move to Seaside Heights, you cheap bitch.
Terry November 10, 2012 at 07:45 PM
Someone's been skipping class at charm school!
Karen Spitzner November 10, 2012 at 11:54 PM
I certainly hope this individual is blocked from commenting in the future.
Boris Zakharin November 11, 2012 at 03:56 PM
What are the prices like at Grassroots for the usual staples? Are they competitive with spring water, say? What about the dairy section? A&P isn't cheap, but they have things like buttermilk, breakstones products, etc. I don't have a car and live in an area where I can walk to the A&P and Rite Aid easily, but the old Health Shoppe area would be within walking distance too.
Andrew November 12, 2012 at 04:09 AM
What would be great -- a Wegmans, though I think I heard they're finally coming to north jersey? Better than whole foods and at Shoprite prices.
Dan G November 12, 2012 at 07:42 PM
that's true! there will be one in Parsippany over near campus drive - it's a hike, but it may be worth it, and closer than the Trader Joe's in Florham Pk!
Alex November 12, 2012 at 07:55 PM
For those that are concerned about price, there is still the Foodtown in the Walmart plaza in Cedar Knolls...
Scott Houston November 12, 2012 at 11:18 PM
Foodtown is priced right, but not exactly within walking distance. Morristown keeps losing grocery stores. The Grand Union closed in `79. This was near the corner of South & Elm. It became a Merrill Lynch office and now appears to be a medical plaza, This is behind the Swiss Chalet Bakery building. Then the Shop Rite by the train station took off somewhere in the `90`s. It became the Staples. And now the A&P. What`s a poor boy to do ?
clyde donovan November 12, 2012 at 11:32 PM
I wouldn't concern myself with Morristown's low-income people. Eventually Morristown's liberal, white racists will force all of them out of town.
Scott Houston November 13, 2012 at 03:40 AM
According to Staples their Morristown store opened in July of 2000. I would have said it was earlier than that. Maybe it was empty for a while after the Shop Rite departed, I don`t recall. Went to that Shop Rite hundreds of times.
Karen Spitzner November 13, 2012 at 03:32 PM
As a realtor, it occurs to me that instead of focusing on the higher prices Whole Foods will charge compared to the A&P, the homeowners in the neighborhood should look at the positives. They will experience an increase in the values of their homes because of the proximity to an upscale supermarket.
Jon Corzillionaire November 13, 2012 at 08:16 PM
Karen, are you a fool?? If the value of our homes increases, the tub of lard in Trenton, who calls himself the "governator", will surely raise our rateables, you know-it-all!!! We want a WalMart is this here town!!
lucille yawger November 13, 2012 at 08:25 PM
I have never shopped a store with so much fresh food and the nicest people. The prepared food is delicious and without all the chemicals and additives. The 365 brand is competitive in pricing and the nutrition is better than most brands. Can't wait to have them close by!
Jon Corzillionaire November 13, 2012 at 08:26 PM
Correction: Spelled R A T A B L E S P.S. I ain't perfect like the prez, barryo
Diane November 14, 2012 at 02:31 AM
Too bad a lot of us who can't or won't shop there will be too hungry to care about the value of our real estate as we spend all our money on gas driving to a supermarket in a neighboring town!
Louise November 14, 2012 at 05:06 PM
Agree! A&P is a good basic store with good prices that people can actually afford! Whole foods is expensive and will probably drive away Grassroots which is scheduled to open in the old Health Shoppe space. I will miss the A&P!
Sam the burkle puppet Martin November 20, 2012 at 09:26 PM
I QUIT !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Atlantic City mayor November 25, 2012 at 09:24 PM
Christie would not pay a penny to watch obama crap
David Steketee December 07, 2012 at 01:34 PM
A&P just emerged from bankruptcy, why would you think they would close all of the A&Ps? And, do you have any specifics on why they would have to "unload" A&P "banners" to satisfy the FTC's requirements?
Ryan December 07, 2012 at 01:44 PM
Ryan December 07, 2012 at 01:44 PM
A&P is disgusting anyway. Rotten meat and produce are a regular occurrence and the store is dirty.


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