Looks like Whole Foods may finally be coming to the Hudson Valley.
Rumors have been circulating for years that the high-end grocery retailer wanted to expand its presence in Dutchess County, but now it could be a reality.
The Hudson Valley has been desperately waiting for a few shops and restaurants to finally make it to the region. Unfortunately, talk of Trader Joe’s, Chick-Fil-A, White Castle, and Whole Foods always ends up in wild rumors spread by enthusiastic residents hoping their favorite retailer will one day come along.
This time around, though, it looks like Whole Foods might actually be coming to the Hudson Valley.
Recently, a special meeting of the Hyde Park City Council was held, which is still shrouded in mystery. All that is known is that during part of the meeting, a resolution was passed to “support the endorsement of Whole Foods’ commitment to become the official grocer of the Hyde Park Bellefeld development project.”
Two resolutions were adopted that evening, but only the details of the second resolution are listed on the agenda. The first resolution, which includes a statement about Whole Foods, is listed as “not available at the time of publication.” Even more curious, this special meeting is not included in the list of other city council meetings available to watch on YouTube. The August 17 Planning Board meeting and the August 24 Zoning Board meeting are archived, but the August 22 special meeting is unavailable for viewing.
It is quite logical that Whole Foods is interested in opening a store in the new Bellefeld project. The walkable community is touted as a “multi-faceted destination for world-class hospitality and food tourism”. Located across from the Culinary Institute of America, the retail and residential complex is perfect for Whole Foods.
Since the events of this special meeting in Hyde Park are being kept under wraps, all we have is one short agenda statement to go through. But this statement speaks volumes. The resolution in support of Whole Foods’ “aspirations to become an official grocer” suggests that Whole Foods has already expressed interest in moving to Bellefield and is now awaiting approval from the city, which was apparently given on August 22.
We’ve been burned before, so be careful to keep your hopes up. However, this seems to be the most compelling sign that Whole Foods is interested in opening a restaurant in the Hudson Valley. Be sure to download our app and turn on news alerts to stay up to date on this and other important events from across the Hudson Valley.
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