Whole Foods to expand in Downtown Austin

This is a view inside the Whole Foods main store in Austin. (AP Photo/Harry Cabluck)

AUSTIN (KXAN) — Whole Foods is sharing plans to expand in Downtown Austin. Company officials say they need more room for office space as their workforce grows.

Headquartered in Austin, Whole Foods Market is on the climb.

Multiple buildings will be home to more offices, surrounding their corporate offices and flagship store at Lamar Boulevard and 6th Street.

A Whole Foods spokesperson told KXAN the company bought the property “523 Lamar” in May, which is right across the street from the headquarters. That building now houses retail shops on the first level.

The grocer also bought the property at 1009 W. 6th St. last year, with plans to turn that space into offices.

As Whole Foods plans to grow and expand, the company says it also will move offices back into the space above REI and Book People. And finally, a high rise going up at the corner of Bowie and 5th Street will be home to additional offices.

The big plan, company officials say, is to create a corporate campus surrounding its world headquarters.

Whole Foods told us the tenants in the “523 Lamar” building including Chico’s, The Paper Source and By George and those in the West Sixth Street spot will keep their current leases. Development of those spaces will not happen for about five years.

Whole Foods land purchase

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