Premium grocery chain Whole Foods Market Inc. will open its first downtown Los Angeles store in 2015, a major development in the neighborhood's gentrification efforts.
The new store, which had long been rumored, will occupy 42,000 square feet inside a luxury apartment complex at 770 Grand Ave.
Whole Foods will join Ralphs as the only major grocers downtown -- a neighborhood with an increasingly hip and well-heeled residential population.
"We've been looking for the right space for close to 10 years as we know that access to natural and organic foods in the neigborhood has been challenging," said Patrick Bradley, president of Whole Foods Market Southern Pacific Region, in a statement released by L.A. City Councilman Jose Huizar's office Wednesday. Huizar's 14th council district includes downtown.