Whole Foods Signs On to West Adams Development

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Amazon-owned grocery chain Whole Foods will anchor the 11-acre Cumulus District development in Los Angeles’s West Adams neighborhood, according to information from the developer. 

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The purveyor of organic vegetables and all-natural products signed a lease with developer Carmel Partners for 50,000 square feet at the campus, located at 3321 La Cienega Boulevard, at the corner of Jefferson Boulevard. The development, which is scheduled to open in late 2020, is located about 1.5 miles from the Trader Joe’s on Culver Boulevard in Culver City. 

The lease is familiar territory for the grocer; Whole Foods also anchors Carmel Partners’ Eighth & Grand, a luxury residential building in downtown. 

“Carmel is delighted to welcome Whole Foods again in one of our projects in Los Angeles,” said the firm’s partner Neils Cotter in a prepared statement. “This vibrant neighborhood needs a health-oriented grocery store as well as a variety of restaurant and retail options.”

The Cumulus development will include 1,210 apartments, a public park, and 100,000 square feet of retail and restaurant space.

CBRE’s Tim Bower and Zachary Card represented Carmel in the deal and are leasing the remaining space at the development. It was not immediately clear who represented Whole Foods. 

Carmel bought the Cumulus site, which is adjacent to the La Cienega/Jefferson Expo station, for $111 million in 2016. The mega-complex includes a 30-story tower designed by Solomon Cordwell Buenz, with 300 apartments, and an additional 910-unit mid-rise building, designed by TCA Architects.

At its downtown store, Whole Foods has occupied 42,000 square feet in the 700-unit building at 770 South Grand Avenue since 2015. The location features a restaurant and bar with a wrap-around outdoor patio.