August 31, 2016 – New Seasons Market—the parent company of New Leaf Community Markets in Santa Cruz—has announced plans to open a 23,000 sq ft store at the intersection of Rio Rd. and Crossroads Blvd. in Carmel.
The long-rumored opening is not expected to take place until spring 2019, according to a news release from the Portland-based natural foods chain.
“Locals will have a neighborhood grocer offering organic favorites paired with everyday grocery classics, served up by friendly staff,” the release said.
The store will go into a new shopping center, called the Rio Ranch Marketplace, being developed by Foothill Partners—the same group that brought Trader Joe’s to Monterey and is currently spearheading the restoration of the Cooper-Molera Adobe.
Foothill founding partner Douglas Wiele said the project, opposite the Crossroads Center, will also include retail space for seven to ten smaller merchants.
He said it still needs to go through design review, an environmental impact review and a traffic review before construction can begin, which is why the opening date has been conservatively set for 2019.
“I think it is going to be considerable sooner than that,” said Wiele.
“The Mouth of the Valley is an ideal spot for a New Seasons because it offers shoppers the ultimate convenience of not having to go over the hill to Monterey for fresh, local and organic food,” he added.
New Seasons expects to hire some 100 employees locally for the new store.
The rapidly-expanding supermarket chain—with 18 stores in the Portland area and one in San Jose—is also planning new markets next year in Emeryville, Sunnyvale and two in Seattle.
New Seasons stores emphasize fresh, regional products and more than 26 percent of items sold at New Seasons are from Northern California, Oregon and Washington.
“Carmel shares our community values and our passion for healthy living,” said New Seasons president and CEO Wendy Collie, in the release. “We can’t wait to meet our neighbors and create a gathering place where old friends and new connect over great food and conversation. This is a special community and we’re proud to be a part of it.”
Like New Leaf Community Markets, which were acquired by New Seasons in 2013, the company is a Certified B Corp grocer—the world’s first. B Corp is a community of more than 1,500 triple-bottom-line companies around the world dedicated to using the power of business for good. The third-party B Corp assessment recognizes New Seasons Market for placing as much value on taking care of its staff, community and the environment as it does growing and operating a sustainable business.