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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.

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John Touri May 05, 2012 at 11:53 AM
The village and the State can figure out the traffic lights that might have to be re-timed, and the owns will maybe change a few traffic islands around, but they can do it... We need the jobs and revenue this store will bring to ur Village!
Bob May 05, 2012 at 12:52 PM
I cannot see how the traffic can be that much more than when a different gorcery store in the same spot. I know whole foods is an upscale store and may draw people from rye and harrison but there is one in Greenwich so that won't add to traffic. The additional traffic from rye and harrison may be offset by reduction in local traffic for many who cannot afford to shop in an upscale store.
Peggy Johnston May 05, 2012 at 01:23 PM
Why would traffic be brought up at this site when the traffic was never a problem wheb te A & P was in operation? Most of the time the parking area adjacent to the store was empty. I dont remember hearing any questions about traffic at the site of the new LA Fitness center where there is a present problem and a safety issue when trying to turn into or out of that parking area or when Dunkin Donuts was allowed to open on the corner of south Regent St and the Post Rd. .That area is a traffic nightmare with Mc Donalds and DD. Curious that objections are raised when a great tenant to fill a vacant space is proposed whih will provide jobs and revenue to Port Chester!
George Colaluca May 05, 2012 at 09:21 PM
There are no worries about traffic at that site. It seems they are creating a problem where none exist.
Lee May 05, 2012 at 09:41 PM
I agree let Whole Foods open who cares what they do to the building they are paying for it anyway. There was no traffic problem when A&P was there. Why does the planning commission need to stick their nose in it anyway. They didn't think about it when they approved the building of the mall.The adjacent streets are a nightmare at certain times of the day you have half hour waits just to pass Westchester Ave. They didn't help there.
sarcastic me May 05, 2012 at 10:22 PM
I agree with Peggy & Lee. Why would parking be an issue when most of the time the parking lot on the side is never used & the traffic problems that DD causes is way more of an issue.
bernie May 06, 2012 at 01:42 PM
For sure there will not be a traffic problem in this area. The parking lot is sized and set up to do business without causing traffic concerns.Like other businesses on main st that do not have parking lots and cause traffic nightmares thats where the P&CB should stick there nose.The P&CB should take time to read these comments and for once listen to the people of port chester.
Gregg Gregory May 07, 2012 at 04:18 PM
The reason that the Planning Comission is looking at the Whole Foods application is because the A&P has been out of the store for over a year, witch automatically triggers a review. We have no choice legally but to review it. Also there is the difference of food court seating which will be added where none existed before. The Planning Commision is just doing their due diligence making sure that there will be no issues.
John B May 11, 2012 at 04:27 PM
Mr. Gregory: Thanks for the clarification, Too bad that information was not in the article. I could have avoided getting my nickers in a knot.
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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