Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Collegeville Welcomes Largest Kimberton Whole Foods Store Yet

By: Joe Zlomek, Limerick Post
 Kimberton Whole Foods, which grew from its 1980s start as a dairy farm stand in Chester County into a regional natural foods retailer, announced plans Monday (Dec. 5, 2016) to open a 12,800-square-foot grocery store in the Collegeville Shopping Center, 222 E. Main St.

A Fall 2017 opening is anticipated. The company said the new store would be its largest to date; others are located in Phoenixville, Douglassville, Downingtown, Malvern, and Ottsville.

The store will include “an extensive bulk foods department, expanded food service offerings, and ample indoor and outdoor seating,” company owner Terry Brett said. The independent natural grocer focuses on providing customers with natural, organic and non-GMO (genetically modified organism) groceries, prepared foods and supplements. It works with more than 150 local producers to bring fresh, natural and organic products to its shelves.

The shopping center was once the location of an Acme supermarket. It closed several years ago and remained vacant. Located off of Route 29, the 110,000-square-foot neighborhood center also includes Pep Boys, Rascals Fitness, Stagliano Barber Shop, and Philly’s Pretzel Factory. The center is owned and operated by Brixmor Property Group.

“Adding high-quality retailers like Kimberton Whole Foods to our center allows us to better meet the needs of the Collegeville community we serve,” said David Vender, north region president for Brixmor.

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