While profiling business around the village, some an interest in a Whole Foods opening in Rockville Centre.
Unfortunately for those residents, it won't be happening any time soon.
According to Michael Sinatra, a spokesman for Whole Foods, the world's leader in natural and organic foods has specific criteria for where it opens new locations. The criteria is:
- 200,000 people or more in a 20-minute drive time
- 25,000-50,000 square feet
- Large number of college-educated residents
- Abundant parking available for our exclusive use
- Stand alone preferred, would consider complementary
- Easy access from roadways, lighted intersection
- Excellent visibility, directly off of the street
- Must be located in a high traffic area (foot and/or vehicle)
Though Rockville Centre meets much of the organic supermarket chain's standards, the largest vacancies in the village are too small to open a Whole Foods.
The on Sunrise Highway is a 10,000 square-foot property, and the vacant Merrick Road is about 7,000 square-feet. The is smaller than both aforementioned properties.
Whole Foods needs 25,000 to 50,000 square feet to open a location.
Mayor Francis Murray he was "pretty sure" that Key Food will replace the on Ocean Avenue, but it is large enough to house a Whole Foods.
To submit a property for consideration, the chain's website directs those interested to follow these steps.