Whole Foods Market has signed leases for eight new stores and has renegotiated the lease for one of its stores in development.
The announcement includes the Austin, Texas-based grocer’s first stores that will feature its 365 by Whole Foods Market concept. Those small-format stores are planned for Bellevue, Washington; Houston, Texas; Portland, Oregon; and Santa Monica, California. Additionally, the company says it has renegotiated a lease for a store in Los Angeles, converting it from a Whole Foods Market to a 365 by Whole Foods Market store.
The remaining new leases include Whole Foods Market stores planned for Akron, Ohio; Charleston, South Carolina; Exton, Pennsylvania; and Kirkland, Washington.
The 365 stores are expected to open later in 2016.
Whole Foods Market currently operates 424 stores and has 114 stores in development.