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Whole Foods Union Station opens amid fast-paced development in Denver's LoDo neighborhood

Posted at 4:30 AM, Nov 15, 2017
and last updated 2017-11-15 08:32:20-05

DENVER -- The city's neighborhoods are changing drastically, and Denver's Lower Downtown neighborhood near Union Station is home to some of the biggest developments, including a new Whole Foods grocery store, which opens its doors 9 a.m. Wednesday.

It's yet another addition to LoDo, where a dozen construction cranes tower over the streets. Most of the buildings going up are apartments. 

"It's been a lot, honestly, the amount of buildings that have gone up," said commuter Mcleane Lorenzi. 

Two decades ago, the neighborhood was filled with warehouses, but now parks, restaurants, offices and the new 50,000-square-foot Whole Foods store dominate the area.

"Many of the people who live here don't use cars as their primary source of transportation unless they work outside of the city. And so that's really good for that point of view to have a more walkable area, where people can get their needs met in the area," said Kelly Pires, communication chair of the LoDo Neighborhood Association. 

Nearly 16,000 new residents have moved to LoDo since 2010. The new Whole Foods grocery store has a new apartment on top of it. 

"I moved here because it's always been my dream to live inside a Whole Foods, and I love it," said Christie Starr.

Whole Foods Union Station is located at 1701 Wewatta Street and features all of Whole Foods’ usual offerings as well as a slew of local businesses with a heavy focus on ready-made meals.