ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOX) – The area’s third Whole Foods Market isn’t slated for west county, St. Charles County or even the Metro East.

It’s under construction in the Central West End: a neighborhood which some say is becoming a game-changer for the city.

“We see it already,” says developer Bruce Mills. “There’s other people running around trying to buy up ground in the Central West End that is being driven buy this Whole Foods.”

“I’ve always said to people who come to St. Louis, the closest thing we got to Chicago or New York is the Central West End,” he adds, saying he is hearing West End comparisons to Chicago’s upscale, lakeside Lincoln Park.

The natural and organic grocery will inhabit the ground floor of a $75 million apartment building at Euclid and West Pine.

In addition to Whole Foods, a big-box shopping center is planned for Forest Park Ave., as well as an international furniture retailer, officials have hinted at and a luxury residential tower at Euclid and Lindell.

Also in the works are several projects at the CORTEX research district and BJC hospital complex.


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