Williamsburg split on opening of Whole Foods Market

Brooklyn's second Whole Foods Market will be opening in Williamsburg, and while local residents are excited, some small businesses are concerned that the newcomer will hurt their bottom line.

A spokesperson for the supermarket chain says the project is in the early planning stages. The store is expected to open on the corner of Bedford Avenue and 4th Street in the summer of 2014.

Neighbors say having the trendy supermarket in their area will save them a commute into Manhattan. However, local business owners say they won't be able to compete with a Whole Foods Market.

Naushad Datey, who owns the Millennium Health Food Store across from the site of the new supermarket, says he has no choice but to move to a different location.

Construction on the store is scheduled to begin this spring. Whole Foods Market has also announced the opening of a store in Gowanus for next year.

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