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Whole Foods coming to Bedford Avenue - A Blessing or Curse?

Will the big grocery retailer make your shopping trips easier, or will they be tough competition for local mom 'n pop markets?

A proposed Whole Foods in Gowanus was recently approved, to the dismay of area small business owners, and now another Whole Foods is on the table for the borough, this time in North Brooklyn, says the New York Times

The proposed Williamsburg market, at N. 4th Street and Bedford Avenue, will comprise 40,000-square-feet, and is slated to open in 2014, says the article.

According to the Huffington Post, the organic grocery was originally eyeing the Williamsburg waterfront for a new location, specifically the space that once housed the Monster Island arts centre, which was evicted by the property's landlord

The Gowanus Whole Foods, which will open next year at Third Avenue and Third Street, who believed that the large chain store would hurt small businesses, local artisans and manufacturers in the area. In the end, the city’s Board of Standards and Appeals in February.

Do you think the opening of large Whole Foods grocery stores will hurt small businesses in Brooklyn? Or are you excited for two new shopping options that are closer than the Manhattan stores? Let us know your thoughts in the comments.

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