The Whole Foods Market under construction in Jackson’s Highland Village will open late this year.
It’s not a big one, but it is a departure from the date given at the groundbreaking last November, when officials said the opening date would be fall 2013.
A Whole Foods spokesperson could not give a more specific date.
“We don’t typically announce an opening date until about three weeks out,” Darrah Horgan Wednesday afternoon in an email to the Mississippi Business Journal.
Horgan said the natural foods grocer has already implemented some of its outreach programs designed to connect local producers with the store. Whole Foods held an open house for local vendors a few months ago, and will have similar events leading up to the opening.
Whole Foods also has a local producer loan program, in which the company makes low-interest loans to potential producers to spruce up their operation enough to meet the company’s standards. Mississippi’s version of that program will also wait until closer to the opening date before starting. Loans range from $1,000 to $100,000.
The Jackson store will be the first Whole Foods in Mississippi. It will sit on the east side of Highland Village adjacent to Old Canton Road. White Construction Co. of Jackson is building the 30,000 square-foot store.