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Columbia is finally getting a Whole Foods! The article from The State says it'll be on Devine. They're a good citizen to have in town. They've gotten involved with such things in Greenville as "Trees Greenville" and other community-driven efforts. :thumbsup:

Despite what UP members have said, the article states that Whole Foods will fill a niche in Columbia and residents have long pushed for a store. Good to see it happening!

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It's good to see them go for an in-town location as opposed to traffic-clogged Harbison. Hopefully some of the other retailers currently missing in the market will follow suit.

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Columbia is finally getting a Whole Foods! The article from The State says it'll be on Devine. They're a good citizen to have in town. They've gotten involved with such things in Greenville as "Trees Greenville" and other community-driven efforts. :thumbsup:

Despite what UP members have said, the article states that Whole Foods will fill a niche in Columbia and residents have long pushed for a store. Good to see it happening!

They really picked a good location. In town, near USC, Fort Jackson, and a bunch of land that can be developed into (hopefully) quality urban homes. That area needs a little boost and this will likely trigger a lot to happen around there. Is the K-mart still open by this site? I used to love the cool bridge to cross the creek when I was a kid. Maybe this development will help Midtown out?

Edit: BTW here's the site plan if someone didn't catch it.

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Edited by johnpro318

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The trees alone will make a dramatic difference for that entire big chunk of real estate. Maybe the store will help support Columbia Green.

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Hopefully this will inspire the BoJangles to remodel! I am suprised that it will take a year to complete however (based on the signage: Fall 2012).

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Notice on the site plan that Bojangles is the only parcel without a canopy. If the development causes them to remodel significantly, the tree ordinance will require them to put in their own.

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BASIL Thai restaurant coming to Columbia

  • Basil, the highly popular Thai food restaurant in metro Charleston and Charlotte, will add a fourth location in Columbia by October.
  • The 3,250-square-foot restaurant will be in the new Whole Foods-anchored Cross Hill Market shopping center at 700 Cross Hill Road at the juncture of Devine Street and Fort Jackson Boulevard.
  • The new 100-seat restaurant will be open for lunch and dinner and include a 1,250-square-foot outdoor patio space for an additional 45 patrons.
  • Basil joins Cross Hill Market's other recently announced retailers that include Charleston Cooks!; Nadeau Furniture; M Boutique; Hand & Stone Massage and Facial; American Roadside Burger and Jamie Scott Fitness.

http://www.postandcourier.com/news/2012/feb/13/basil-open-fourth-restaurant-one-columbia/

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The State has a good story about all that it took for Whole Foods to come to Columbia, going back to 2004. Apparently, they are pickier than other retailers. :silly:

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Ulta was confirmed as another store in Shop Around this week. The store will take a 9,800 sq.ft. space near Jamie Scott Fitness.

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