LOS ANGELES, CA (Feb. 14, 2013) –  Whole Foods Market – the world’s leading organic and natural foods supermarket – announced plans to open a new 35,000-square-foot store at The Runway at Playa Vista located at the corner of Jefferson and McConnell in Playa Vista, California.

The store is scheduled to open in 2015. Once complete, Whole Foods Market will provide area shoppers with a wide selection of high-quality natural, organic and local products.

The Playa Vista store will create more than 150 new jobs for the local community. Information on job openings will be released as the opening date approaches, and applicants can apply online at www.wholefoodsmarket.com/careers. Whole Foods Market has been ranked for the past 16 consecutive years as Fortune’s “100 Best Companies to Work For.”

“We look forward opening a store in Playa Vista,” said Patrick Bradley, president, Whole Foods Market Southern Pacific Region. “This is a thriving community, and the location is a great place for us to share the many products and services Whole Foods Market has to offer with the city’s highly creative and engaged community.”

Whole Foods Market announced signing a lease with Lincoln Properties for the company’s Playa Vista store during its first quarter earnings call on Feb. 13, 2013. With 345 stores nationwide including 48 stores in the Southern Pacific region, Whole Foods Market is on track to open a total of 32-34 stores during this fiscal year. In addition to the lease signed for the Playa Vista location, the company made agreements for an additional 10 locations averaging 38,000 square feet in size across the U.S which are scheduled to open in fiscal year 2014 and beyond.

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