Whole Foods, Brewery on The Alameda Finally to Break Ground

Developers will break ground Wednesday on a Whole Foods Market on The Alameda, one that comes with a rooftop microbrewery.

The 27,291-square-foot, energy self-sufficient grocery store will open next summer adjacent to the two-story 6,000-square-foot brewery on the corner of Stockton Avenue and The Alameda. That’s a close walk to the Diridon Caltrain station, the Biz Journal notes, so some patrons won’t have to worry about driving home.

Plans for the health-conscious chain grocery store have more or less set since 2007, but construction was held up by the economic recession and a few redesigns. A brewery was not in the initial plans. This store will become the second Whole Foods in San Jose—the other is located on Blossom Hill Road.

“We are delighted that Whole Foods Market has chosen to open another store in San Jose,” Mayor Chuck Reeds said in a statement. “This new market will be a wonderful addition to The Alameda neighborhood business district and nearby residents are already eagerly awaiting next summer’s grant opening. I thank Whole Foods Market for its ongoing investments in San Jose and for helping meet our community’s growing demand for fresh food and all-natural products.”

The groundbreaking formalities begin at 11am Wednesday.

WHAT: Ceremonial groundbreaking, golden shovels, etc.
WHEN: 11am Wednesday
WHERE: 700 The Alameda, San Jose
WHO: Speakers include Whole Foods reps, councilmembers Pierluigi Oliverio and Sam Liccardo, and Kim Walesh, the city’s director of Economic Development.

Jennifer Wadsworth is the former news editor for San Jose Inside and Metro Silicon Valley. Follow her on Twitter at @jennwadsworth.


  1. If the City Council had known that the co-founder and CEO of Whole Foods is an anti-union, anti-Obamacare, anti-minimum wage, Ayn Rand loving Libertarian they probably wouldn’t have approved it.

    This is a rare case in which our leaders’ ignorance has paid off!

  2. Love the concept, but I wish you Whole Foods the best.  I can no longer shop or spend money in San Jose due to a corrupt city council.  In addition, I do not feel safe coming to the inner city.  Hard to say after 30 years of serving the great citizens of San Jose. Can’t tell you how many prostitution cases I made on that area of the Alameda.  I’m sure the PD rarely runs any sting operations now due to staffing levels. Things will not change without a overhaul in local policies and council. 

    OH and mayor, I thing it will be a GRAND OPENING! Or did the city spend more money to beg a company to come near downtown for a grant opening.

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