Whole Foods Market has confirmed it plans to develop its UK presence.
As revealed by The Grocer earlier this month, the organic specialist is looking at a clutch of new sites that would be far smaller than its 80,000 sq ft Kensington branch.
“We want to build more stores in London,” Whole Foods co-president Walter Robb told the Financial Times. “It's harder to find real estate there… but we have some stuff there and we're working on it.”
The news comes despite new data this week showing that sales of organic products are continuing to suffer as a result of the recession.
The Organic Market Report 2010 found organic sales were down 12.9% in a single year, with the Soil Association’s Peter Melchett admitting it had been “a tough year for the organic market”.
Organic sales slump 13% in a year (12 April 2010)
Whole Foods Market looks beyond London (3 April 2010)