third richest county in the United States, and now we are getting Whole Foods -- the official grocery store for those richest counties.
(Read the comments below. This was an April Fool's post in 2010, but there were 2011 reports that Whole Foods was actually negotiating to open a Columbia store in the former Rouse Company headquarters. Then a real Whole Foods opening in 2014.)
Whole Foods will open in the vacant space that dominates the Costco / Best Buy shopping center on Rte 175 as early as the end of 2010, according to the WPost's local business column. That is officially Elkridge, but the WPost article and the Whole Foods press release are calling it "Columbia."
The prime retail space sat empty for three years because a sporting goods company signed a lease, but decided not to expand, as Tales of Two Cities has reported since last year. Now, Whole Foods will take over the location, and it can open in as few as six months because the space -- as you can see on Wordbones' post -- is complete but completely unobstructed. I assume Whole Foods is trying to beat Wegman's to the punch because those folks are building from scratch and may not open until 2012.
Personally, my first trip to the Columbia Whole Foods will be for cheese. The photo above is the Silver Spring store. What will you shop for when this is true?
Seriously, read the comments below. This was the 2010 Aprils Fool joke. If you're interested in real news and posts about Howard County food, please do check the HowChow homepage or become a fan on Facebook.