Whole Foods to anchor new retail center at Downtown Summerlin, Las Vegas

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Whole Foods Market will anchor a new retail center at Downtown Summerlin.

Whole Foods Market is expanding its footprint in the Howard Hughes Corp. portfolio.

The natural and organic foods grocer will anchor a new 7.4-acre retail center and serve as a “catalyst” for the expansion of Downtown Summerlin, Nev., according to a news release by Howard Hughes.

This announcement marks the launch in one of Howard Hughes' fastest-growing downtowns across the country, the developer said. Downtown Summerlin has entered a new chapter of dynamic growth, with additional office, inline retail, and multifamily housing options planned for the new retail center.

Construction started in September with core and shell completion for the new retail center slated for the third quarter of 2024 at which time Howard Hughes will turn spaces over to tenants for buildouts.

Field Paoli Architects is the project's architect, and Nevada General Construction is the general contractor.  

Whole Foods Market also had locations in three other Howard Hughes properties: Downtown Columbia, Columbia, Md.The WoodlandsTexas; and Ward Village, Honolulu. The new location will be a relocation of the existing Whole Foods at Crossroads Commons shopping enter in Fort Apache, Nev.

"Whole Foods Market is known for its standards of excellence and being an industry leader when it comes to natural and organic foods, and we believe it is an ideal addition to the Summerlin community," said Frank Stephan, president of the Nevada Region for Howard Hughes. "The brand exemplifies the high level of quality that our residents are seeking, and that Howard Hughes is known to deliver."

The new retail center is being built to achieve LEED Silver certification from the U.S. Green Building Council, reflecting Downtown Summerlin's focus on sustainability and walkability. Residents of the nearby luxury apartment communities of Tanager, Tanager Echo, Constellation as well as adjacent neighborhoods will be able to walk to the new Whole Foods  via a well-developed interior trail system. They will also be access to electric vehicle charging stations.

Developed by Howard Hughes, Summerlin has ranked among the country's top 10 best-selling master-planned communities for more than two decades. It encompasses 22,500 acres with approximately 4,500 gross acres still remaining to accommodate future growth, including infrastructure, open space and common areas, all within the master plan.

The community is currently home to more than 120,000 residents and includes more than 300 neighborhood and village parks, more than 200 completed miles of trails, 26 public and private schools, 14 houses of worship, 10 golf courses, shopping centers, medical and cultural facilities, business parks and more.