Whole Foods is cutting a location in the heart of Denver.
The specialty grocery giant will close its Capitol Hill location at 11th Avenue and Ogden Street this fall, spokeswoman Betsy Harden confirmed Thursday.
“The Cap Hill store will be closing right around the same time the Union Station location opens,” she said. “And people from that store are transferring over to Union Station.”
Whole Foods representatives told employees of the pending closure Wednesday, according to three workers at the Cap Hill store. Each employee said the company also mentioned perhaps turning the location into a Whole Foods 365 store – a concept Whole Foods says offers the same groceries in a smaller store, and at lower prices.
Harden declined to comment on Whole Foods’ plans for the future of the Capitol Hill outpost.
Landlord Gary Antonoff, whose firm owns the Cap Hill real estate, said he was notified this week of plans to shut down. The grocer still has a long-term lease at 11th and Ogden, he said.
Workers at the Cap Hill Whole Foods pegged October for a planned closing date. That would coincide with the projected fall opening of a new Whole Foods near 17th and Wewatta streets.
Whole Foods has operated in Cap Hill for about 10 years. The store was one of several Denver-area locations that Whole Foods added after buying then-competitor Wild Oats.
At 20,000 square feet, the 11th Avenue building is significantly smaller than the store Whole Foods is opening at Union Station. That location will take up 56,000 square feet on the ground floor of a new 580-unit apartment complex.
Cap Hill residents can still get their specialty grocery fix from Trader Joe’s at Seventh Avenue and Logan Street. There is also a Natural Grocers a few blocks north at Washington Street and Colfax Avenue, and a Sprouts farther east at Colfax and Garfield Street. King Soopers is a few blocks away from the Cap Hill Whole Foods at Ninth Avenue and Corona Street.
Days are also numbered for at least three Colorado Whole Foods stores. Earlier this month, the company announced plans to shut down locations on Baseline Road in Boulder and at First & Main in Colorado Springs. Whole Foods has since pushed the Boulder store’s closing date up to Sunday, February 26. The Colorado Springs store still has until about April.