Whole Foods 365 will be the new tenant in the redevelopment of Bijou Park Creek.
Now known as “The Marketplace”, the property formerly housed The Knights Inn, a large aging motel. The idea behind the redevelopment is to lower the overall “hard coverage” of buildings on the property by 3,754 sq feet and restore the landscaping to look more natural as well as to make the property a sustainable mixed use area with Stream Environmental Zones (SEZ) rehabilitated.
Groundbreaking on the development started on August 7, 2017.
“The designs for the Bijou Marketplace are a mountain theme, including wood and stone materials which correspond to the City’s Design Guidelines.
The undevelopable portions of the site are still under the ownership of the City and planned improvements will increase ecosystem/watershed filtration processes, restore parcels located in a Stream Environment Zone (SEZ), reduce nutrients and sediment into Lake Tahoe, reduce localized flooding and initiate larger watershed restoration efforts.” – City of South Lake Tahoe Press Release, August 3, 2017
Whole Foods 365 Market concept:
““365” in the name celebrates our belief that fresh healthy foods can be readily available to more people in an affordable way every day…365 days a year. It also tips our hat to our popular 365 Everyday Value brand, which our shoppers seek out for quality, transparency and great value — the same attributes to come with our smaller-store format. We’ll work up a modern, consistent design, use innovative technology and carefully choose just the right product mix to ensure an efficient and rewarding shopping experience.” – Jeff Turnas, President, 365 by Whole Foods Market
The development has gone through many different plans and changes over the last 4 to 5 years. The Tahoe Daily Tribune reported mixed reviews and feelings from locals about how a big box store could affect smaller local business like Grass Roots Natural Foods and Sprouts Cafe.
“Whole Foods announcement in South Lake Tahoe receives mixed reviews” from November 8, 2016