Whole Foods postpones opening of North Broad store due to construction delay

New Orleanians eager to begin “making groceries” at the new Whole Foods market on North Broad Street will have to wait a little longer.

The opening of the store at North Broad and Bienville streets has been pushed back nearly two months because of a construction delay, a spokeswoman for the grocery chain said Wednesday.

The 25,000-square-foot store had been scheduled to open Dec. 16. It now will open Feb. 4.

Whole Foods did not provide any further details about the reason for the delay.

The Whole Foods market is expected to revitalize a deteriorating block of Broad Street, where a Schwegmann’s Giant Super Market was built in 1965. That store later became a Robert’s Fresh Market, but the building has been vacant since Hurricane Katrina.

The entire 60,000-square-foot development, known as the ReFresh Project, also will include a Liberty’s Kitchen cafe and Tulane University’s Goldring Center for Culinary Medicine.

City officials have said the grocery store will create about 125 jobs.

The nonprofit Broad Community Connections, which is working to restore Broad Street between Tulane Avenue and Bayou Road, received a $1 million loan from the city’s Fresh Food Retailer Initiative to create the ReFresh Project.