About a year after 365 by Whole Foods Market opened in Bellevue Square, Bellevue, WA, the company announced it will close this location on October 21 at 10 p.m.
The 365 by Whole Foods Market stores are the company’s sister brand, typically offering products at a lower price.
“The decision was made by company leadership prior to the Amazon merger after careful evaluation of both store performance and the site challenges that exist for successfully operating a grocery store,” said Robin Kelly, global public relations director for Whole Foods, in a written statement.
Though the decision was made by Whole Foods prior to the August merger, the employees were not notified until the evening of October 11, according to Kelly’s statement, and approximately 50 team members work at that location.
“We will continue to serve the Bellevue community with our neighboring Whole Foods Market store and are offering all team members who qualify positions at other locations,” she said in her statement.
In Kelly’s statement, she said Whole Foods is continuing with the 365 brand — there are currently five other locations — and there are plans to open a “variety” of markets, including a location in the San Francisco Bay area opening Dec. 6, and its first New York City location in early 2018.