Acadiana Business

No new tenants yet at Whole Foods site

by Leslie Turk

Houston-based developer says the center is moving in a "decidedly upscale" direction.

Photo by Robin May

A "Now Leasing" sign has gone up at the Whole Foods site on the corner of Settlers Trace Boulevard and Ambassador Caffery Parkway. So far, the natural and organic foods retailer is the lone tenant in the center.

ABiz photographer Robin May captured workers erecting a "Now Leasing" sign at the site of the new Whole Foods on Settlers Trace Boulevard at Ambassador Caffery Parkway earlier this week, which is sure to create additional buzz about what's to come. Without a doubt this market's most anticipated retailer ever, Whole Foods plans to open in August of next year, according to the center's Houston-based developer, Michael Ainbinder of The Ainbinder Company.

Ainbinder, who says the center will break ground in September, hopes to make additional lease announcements in the next couple of months. For now, however, Whole Foods is the only confirmed tenant in the approximately 95,000-square-foot center called Ambassador Crossing.

"I do not have any new tenants to announce," Ainbinder tells ABiz in a voice mail message. "We are negotiating with several pretty cool, upscale, well-known retailers, but none of the deals are signed yet," he says. "The direction the project is taking is decidedly upscale. Some of these tenants are located in either Perkins Rowe or Towne Center at Cedar Lodge in Baton Rouge, so it's that type of lineup. I wish we had more signed leases, too," he continues, "but it's all going very positive."