Whole Foods announced this afternoon that they have signed a lease in Columbia, Maryland.
They'll go into the former Rouse Company headquarters near the mall. That's the low building on Lake Kittamaqundi between the central library and the restaurant area with Clyde's, Red Pearl and Sushi Sono.
More details to come.
(Update: Think 2014 for your Whole Foods shopping, according to a company press release. Check out that release on Explore Howard or the Columbia Patch. And keep an eye on the Tales of Two Cities blog for updates by Wordbones. He has been in front of this story from the start.)
(Update 2: The store is set for 45,000 square feet. For comparison, old press releases say the new Rockville Whole Foods is 51,000 square feet. The new Columbia Wegmans is 145,000 square feet.)
(Update 3: Wordbones has renderings of the soon-to-be Whole Foods. He also has news that Clyde's has renewed its lease in Columbia. He says they'll be remodeling.)