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Plans for Whole Foods to open largest Hub store at former Herald site in South End

The 50,000-square-foot store will anchor the new Ink Block South End development at the former site of the Boston Herald.

A new development at the site of the former Boston Herald building in the South End will include the city's largest Whole Foods to date.

The 50,000-square-foot flagship Whole Foods will be the chain's largest and most complete in Boston, according to the developers of the site.

The grocery store will be the retail anchor for the planned development Ink Block South End, which includes plans for 471 luxury apartments.

"We envision Ink Block as the heart of the trend-setting South End neighborhood with hot retailers and cool new apartment concepts," said Ted Tye, managing partner at National Development. "Whole Foods' flagship store will help set the tone for the vibrant, 18 hour neighborhood that we are creating at Ink Block."

The Whole Foods will feature outdoor sidewalk café seating on Harrison Avenue, a planned wine store, gelato bar, and prepared food options.

Construction on the development is expected to being next year and the store is expected to be completed in 2014.

"This is a huge milestone for the neighborhood, and I am proud to welcome Whole Foods to the South End," Mayor Thomas Menino said in a statement. "The City of Boston has been actively working to attract a quality grocery store to this area so that we can continue to offer more and more options for fresh, healthy, and delicious food in all of our neighborhoods."

 
 
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