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What Clearwater's Saying: Whole Foods Market is Coming

What's a good location for Clearwater's new Whole Foods Market? Will you shop there? What other stores should come to town? Here's what some readers have to say.

Whole Foods Market is coming to Clearwater, as Patch first reported Wednesday, and our readers have lots to say about the news.

The company hasn't yet decided on the location of its new store, which isn't slated to open until at least 2014, but Patch commenters have some suggestions.

"Where they are closing the Publix at Sunset Point and US19! Please," posted Melissa Vaughn, referencing the grocery store set to close at year's end. Several other readers also thought that would be a good spot.

Commenter DeElizabethan suggested the best location for a Whole Foods would be somwhere near the Westfield Countryside mall or Clearwater Mall, "where one can do combined shopping."

Clearwater Patch Facebook fans Jennifer Barilla and Leann Kramar DuPont said they'd like to see Whole Foods come to Clearwater Beach. 

Lynne Koval commented on Facebook that "now all we need is Wawa!!" The popular Philadelphia-based gas and convenience store has plans for locations in Largo and Pinellas Park as it expands its footprint in Florida.

Not everyone is happy about Whole Foods coming to Clearwater. Facebook fan Anne Moominvalley claims the grocery chain "likes to lie" about genetically-modified foods and gouge prices, "just like all the other huge corporate empires." And Ruth M. Schopper-Hughes said she prefers to shop local at Nature's Food Patch.

What's your take? Excited about Whole Foods coming to Clearwater? If so, where would you like to see them open shop? What other stores would you like to see come to town? Post a comment below and join the conversation.

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Julie Serna November 08, 2012 at 06:29 PM
Put it in the old Kmart building on Gulf to Bay. That is centrally located in Pinellas County. What I would really like to see here is a "Trader Joes". They just put one in Sarasota county.
Maurice Covert November 08, 2012 at 07:42 PM
I would second the location that Julie just suggested (by the way - after it was a K-Mart it became a Sears Essentials.) When I worked for a local health Food Supplement company that was here in Clearwater - I use to work with a lot of Whole Foods stores in Texas and Nevada. They're just the best!
MELISSA VAUGHAN November 09, 2012 at 02:04 AM
I commented earlier about the location suggestion for Whole Foods, I think they have pretty well been called to the matt on the GMO thing, and I am a HUGE FAN of Nature's Food Patch also!
Maurice Covert November 09, 2012 at 05:37 AM
Melissa - I too like Nature's Food Patch. However it's very small and therefore limited in what they have whereas Whole Foods is as big as any national grocery store and therefore a much better variety and better selections- In fact I even worked for Food Patch a few years ago ( just before they remodeled) Have you ever been in a Whole Foods store?
Alice Thomas November 09, 2012 at 04:54 PM
I would rather see "Trader Joe's" opening a store here in Clearwater. Their prices are lower and the quality of their merchandise is always good. I'm from So. Calif. so I really miss Trader Joe's.
Janet November 10, 2012 at 05:41 AM
Please - no, not again. We had K-Mart there once and that was enough. Why do people think we need MORE large corporationsin Clearwater. Growing up here for 65 yrs, I have seen it both ways. Let's get back to our local Mom & Pop operations. They were & still are the best. You can become a community once again where people know your name.
Janet November 10, 2012 at 05:43 AM
Nature's Food Patch is to expensive for the average to low income citizen.
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