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Construction to begin on St. Pete’s first-ever Whole Foods Market

Veronica Brezina



A rendering of the upcoming Whole Foods. Image provided by J Square Developers.

It’s official – St. Petersburg is getting its first-ever Whole Foods Market. 

Development partners St. Petersburg-based J Square Developers and Atlanta-based SJC Ventures officially announced they have started the construction process for the new grocery store at 201 38th Ave. North. in the Sunshine Plaza strip mall. 

“Part of the early construction process will include re-routing an existing storm sewer line that runs right through the middle of the property, so passersby will see that happening first, plus the demolition of the existing structures before going vertical,” Jay Miller, CEO of J Square Developers, said in a news release.

Whole Foods, owned by Amazon, has several stores throughout Tampa Bay – in Clearwater, Carrollwood, Sarasota and Midtown in Tampa. 

For over a year, it has been widely speculated that a Whole Foods would be built at the site as permits and filings hinted about J Square developing a 40,100-square-foot building for an organic grocer at the plaza.  

The St. Pete plaza formerly housed a gym, a Kahwa location, among other tenants; however, all of the buildings in the plaza have been demolished to make way for the reimagined Whole Foods-anchored plaza. 

The grocery store site has been owned for several years by Sunrise Plaza Holdings LLC and Zag Enterprise Holdings. 

Hawkins Construction is the general contractor for the new Whole Foods project.


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    Bryan Miranda

    March 9, 2022at6:35 pm

    Thank you for always keeping us informed. I was also wondering if there’s any word on the date for the demolition.

    • Veronica Brezina

      Veronica Brezina

      March 9, 2022at7:22 pm

      Hi Bryan, thank you! The demolition started in early December and has concluded, and now construction is the next step. Kahwa was the last retail structure to be demolished at the site.

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    Tim Hammond

    March 13, 2022at11:12 am

    What’s the completion date?

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