Jersey City Whole Foods plans to sell wine and beer


Presentation of the future market. Image courtesy Whole Foods.

A highly anticipated market from one of the world’s largest grocers appears to have witty plans for its upcoming Harborside location.

After years of speculation and a failed deal, Whole Foods finally made its Jersey City arrival official in May 2019. The company will open a 47,000 square foot store on 286 Washington Street owned by Mack-Cali.

Whole Foods Market 286 Washington Street Jersey City Progress 2
The new store will combine 25,000 square meters of retail space on the first two floors along the west side of the building and expand retail use to the first floor of the building’s parking deck. Photo by Chris Fry / Jersey Digs.

Work has been underway since last year and details about the market have been leaked since the deal was closed. A recent meeting of Alcoholic Beverage Control in Jersey City highlighted a previously unknown detail that should bring a unique feature to market when compared to other Garden State locations.

During their meeting on June 11th, the Board of Directors renewed a liquor license from Whole Foods Market Group Inc. While some of the markets across the country sell wine, beer, and select liquors, only the Paramus and Middletown outposts have a liquor license from the 22 Whole Foods locations in New Jersey.

The wine, beer, and spirits division at Whole Foods typically focuses on unique wines and local craft beers from the region that they serve, and also sells libations like cider and hard kombucha. Whole Foods has not responded to our request to clarify the renewal of the liquor license and has not yet announced a possible opening date for its Jersey City store.

When they open, the Jersey City facility will be the second Whole Foods in Hudson County after Weehawken’s Lincoln Harbor facility opened in 2019. The company also plans to open additional New Jersey outposts in Skillman, Wayne and Woodcliff Lake soon.


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