A Whole Foods spokesperson said Wednesday afternoon the store under construction in Jackson’s Highland Village will not open until early 2014.
That’s markedly later than the store’s original target date of fall 2013. Construction on the 30,000 square-foot store started last November. Whole Foods officials said then they hoped to open in time for this year’s holiday shopping season.
The Jackson Whole Foods will be the first in Mississippi. The news of the health food grocer’s arrival was met with no small amount of enthusiasm, evidenced by the large crowd of government and economic development officials on hand for a groundbreaking ceremony last year.
Whole Foods spokesperson Darrah Horgan said there was “no specific reason” for the delay. “We’ll open winter 2014,” Horgan said.
Word on the street is they discovered they might need some more parking and are looking for additional space for employees. Unconfirmed word on the street.