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Side Dishes: Whole Foods still coming

Despite plenty of gossip to the contrary, Whole Foods is still aiming to open one of its health-food megamarts in South Burlington behind the Best Western Windjammer.

The rumors most likely began when Feldco Development Corporation, located in New Canaan, Conn., withdrew a planning and zoning application for a South Burlington “lifestyle center” to be anchored by the grocery store. “They no longer have an application in front of the development review board,” confirmed associate planner Cathyann LaRose, “but they could submit another plan [at any time].”

Feldco’s managing partner, Barry Feldman, says his company is committed to the project and is “motivated to move as quickly as possible . . . We have every intention of going forward,” he says. “We’re gearing up to … continue the process on the state and local level.”

Why was the original application withdrawn? “We’ve been reworking the plan … as we’ve learned about the site and its requirements, demands and restrictions,” Feldman says.

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