You may have heard about Whole Foods' recent anti-trust settlement with the Federal Trade Commission. The corporation had to place 13 store leases up for sale nationwide, one being that of 3180 New Center Point, off Powers Boulevard.
I spoke with Sunflower Farmers Market CEO Mike Galliland to find out if the Southwest health-food giant has interest, considering it's tentatively set to open a store in early June at Academy and Dublin boulevards, with further Springs expansion desired.
"I've just gotten the paperwork and I'm looking at it," said Galliland. "A lot depends on the underlying lease. We won't have an opinion for several more weeks ... we do like the Powers corridor, though."
Whole Foods spokesperson Kate Lowery wants shoppers to know that it's business as usual until any sale happens.
"We're not closed or shuttered," she says.
Lowery says that if after six months, there's no buyer, the store will stay a Whole Foods.
All in the Warehouse
Club Nine will host a dinner featuring magician Richard Kwesell at 4 p.m., March 29 at the Warehouse Restaurant and Gallery (25 W. Cimarron St.). Seats are $35 ($15 for age 13 and under), which includes several courses and gratuity. Call 475-8880 for reservations.
Also at the Warehouse from 6:30 to 9 p.m., April 3, the fifth annual Fork & Bottle "food-and-wine extravaganza" will raise money for Ruth Washburn Cooperative Nursery School. Tickets are $35 by April 1, $40 day-of. Visit coloradospringsforkandbottle.org.
While talking Warehouse, an update on its long-dormant brewery: Owner Chip Johnson says he recently filed paperwork to remove his name from the brewpub license.
"I'm too busy to give it the focus that it needs," he says. "Now I'm trying to find the right person who wants to rent a brewery."
Johnson hopes the lease will happen within the year, but adds he's in no hurry.
"[The brewery] is taking a nice nap and waiting for the right time."
Slayton's Barbecue will open its new location at 28A S. Tejon St., next to Sonterra Innovative Southwest Grill, on April 6.
"It's an upscale version of what we're doing in Rockrimmon," says Randy Price, head of Rocky Mountain Restaurant Group, which also operates two Salsa Bravas and Sonterra.
Price says the "affordable" menu will feature new items like applewood-smoked prime rib, house-smoked salmon and a hickory-grilled fish of the day. Call 471-2311 for more.
Shawn's Bakery (no retail front) recently began offering home delivery of its natural artisan breads and pastries. Deliveries to Colorado Springs, Manitou Springs and Woodland Park are free, with a $15 minimum order. Call 510-9824 for more.