TOLEDO (WTOL) - Another speed bump may be ahead for Toledo’s planned Whole Foods store, as Business Insider reported on Friday that the company is halting growth of its “365” brand stores, citing pricing problems.
A 40,000-square-foot store has been planned for Toledo near Secor and Executive Parkway since at least 2015. As recently as a week ago, the company installed a “coming soon” sign in front of the building on Secor Road. Job postings for positions at the store went up earlier as well.Related story: Signs point to Whole Foods 365 store finally opening in west Toledo
But Business Insider on Friday said Amazon-owned Whole Foods is halting growth of the 365 by Whole Foods Market stores, which are smaller and cheaper than traditional Whole Foods Markets.
Business Insider cited an email from CEO John Mackey that reference a price gap between the 365 stores and traditional stores that is diminishing.
The company already has built 12 of the 365 by Whole Foods Market stores, and those are to remain open.
WTOL has reached out to Whole Foods' corporate offices to see if plans will proceed or be scrapped for the store in Toledo. We will keep you updated with their response.