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Traffic Concerns For Planned Whole Foods

Store at old A&P location off Boston Post Road would include cafe.

Whole Foods took the next step toward opening its Port Chester store as the proposal went before the village Planning Commission.

The Austin-based grocery chain plans on opening their Port Chester location in 2013 at 575 Boston Post Road, formerly an A&P.  Issues raised this week included a request for a subdivision of 6,000 square feet, alteration of sidewalk, façade renovation and the addition of a lift and loading platform.

Whole Foods plans to have a café area of around 100 seats so guests can have the chance to sit down and casually eat if they wanted to buy a sandwich or other prepared food.

Planning Commission members were worried about the volume of traffic at certain times of the day if patrons visited the business specifically to sit and eat in addition to the standard grocery shoppers.

“I think Whole Foods is a great store and a great opportunity for Port Chester,” said Planning Commission member Gregg Gregory. “Once we work out the details and the commissioin decides to move forward I think it’s going to be a win-win for Whole Foods and Port Chester.”

The proposal was adjourned and will be continued on May 29.

Rob Thomas January 05, 2013 at 07:10 PM
It's absolutely ridiculous that this project has been held up. Do you really think that prepared foods will bring that much more traffic into the shopping center? There are plenty of spaces and the traffic light should more than be capable of handling the amount of traffic that it takes to fill the spaces. It's ludacris that the planning board 'reviews' things and comes up with these 'thoughts'. Just another example of people over thinking and flexing their 'power' just for the sake of flexing. Shame on you.
Dandel February 15, 2013 at 09:09 PM
Looks like the building has "for rent" signs on it again - is the whole foods plan dead for sure? Disappointing...
Craig Noor April 08, 2013 at 05:19 PM
There will be more traffic than with the A&P, especially with more seating. But like others pointed out - there were things approved that made far worse bottlenecks - the Dunkin Donuts added across the street from McDonalds has made quite a mess - all those people who will drive recklessly if they need to if it means getting their $6 sugar-laden coffee drink and a microwaved "egg" sandwich ... Main Street on a Saturday afternoon is pretty awful too. The Restaurant Depot situation didn't work out too badly, maybe it really was the Strauss people and their political "friends and family" exaggerating the problem as had been suggested (not by me).
Aidan April 08, 2013 at 06:10 PM
"It seems they are creating a problem where none exist." Yes ... just as they did with the Restaurant Depot application. There's no problem with that enterprise .... and there won't be an issue with Whole Foods either. For God's sakes, here's a very reputable business investing millions in this site ... with loads of positive upside for the village ... and folks are imagining it's the end of the world.
Valerie April 08, 2013 at 08:50 PM
Welcome Whole Foods to PC !! Planning Commission should stop wasting time where time is not needed. So ... how the hek did Dunkin Donuts get approved yrs back ?? Traffic nightmare .... ridiculous !! Someone needs to focus on the traffic hazzards at this location.

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