Major Retailers Set To Open In Tallahassee

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Several major retail businesses are getting ready to open their doors in Tallahassee.

Customer demand is driving the opening of the new Whole Foods Market in Tallahassee's Midtown area.

The company's Russ Benblatt made that comment at the Greater Chamber of Commerce Annual Conference at Amelia Island Saturday.

Mayor John Marks stood up before the crowd and said he's been trying to get Whole Foods to town for ten years.

"This has just really been one of those , I'm serious, ah hah moments for me," said Marks.

"I was almost left speechless. I really didn't know how to respond to that," said Benblatt.

Even a neighbor in a similar business is ready to welcome Whole Foods.

The produce, grocery and deli store Tomato Land has been in business 26 years and is right next door to Whole Foods.

Jason Reagan expects business will be just peachy for Tomato Land when Whole Foods opens.

"I think it'll be pretty good man," said Reagan. "I think it'll bring a lot of business to the area," he said.

It's not just Whole Foods.

Trader Joe's is scheduled to open at about the same time in mid October.

Dick's Sporting Goods' grand opening is a week from Friday.

Bass Pro Shop is scheduled to open in three weeks.

And the Collegetown complex will soon have multiple businesses opening their doors.

Shane Lambert told chamber members decisions by major retailers to do business in Tallahassee is a very positive sign.

"People who I feel are a lot smarter than me have a leg up knowing that Tallahassee is a great market, that Tallahassee is something special," said Lambert.

A specific date for the Whole Foods grand opening hasn't been announced yet.

However, the construction manager says the store should open in mid October.

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