Jersey City Whole Foods Looks to Sell Wine and Beer

Whole Foods Market 286 Washington Street Jersey City Rendering
Rendering of the future market. Image courtesy of Whole Foods.

A much-anticipated market from one of the largest grocers in the world appears to have boozy plans in place for their upcoming Harborside location.

After years of speculation and a deal that fell through, Whole Foods finally made their arrival in Jersey City official during May 2019. The company will be opening a 47,000-square-foot market inside a property at 286 Washington Street owned by Mack-Cali.

Whole Foods Market 286 Washington Street Jersey City Progress 2
The new market will combine 25,000 square feet of retail space on the first two floors along the west side of the building and extend retail use into the first floor of the building’s parking deck. Photo by Chris Fry/Jersey Digs.

Work has been underway since last year and details about the market have trickled out since the deal was finalized. A recent meeting of Jersey City’s Alcoholic Beverage Control shined a light on a previously undisclosed detail that should bring a unique feature to the market when compared to other Garden State locations.

During their June 11 meeting, the board renewed a liquor license held by Whole Foods Market Group Inc. While some of the market’s locations throughout the country do sell wine, beer, and selected spirits, only the Paramus and Middletown outposts have a liquor license out of New Jersey’s 22 Whole Foods locations.

The wine, beer, and spirits section at Whole Foods tends to focus on unique wines and local craft beers from the area they serve, also selling libations like ciders and hard kombucha. Whole Foods has not responded to our inquiry requesting clarification on the liquor license renewal and has thus far not announced any potential opening date for their Jersey City market.

When they open, the Jersey City facility will mark the second Whole Foods in Hudson County following Weehawken’s Lincoln Harbor location launched during 2019. The company also intends to launch other New Jersey outposts in Skillman, Wayne, and Woodcliff Lake soon.


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