Sure looks like Whole Foods plans to reopen in Capitol Hill

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Whole Foods Market, 11th Avenue. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)
Kevin J. Beaty

Well, look who's (maybe) back.

Papers filed with the Denver planning department suggest that Whole Foods Market wants to set up shop again at its old Capitol Hill stomping grounds.

The grocer closed its doors at 11th Avenue and Ogden Street in the fall of 2017 when it opened a location downtown. But now it looks like the Amazon-owned company wants back in, according to an application asking the city to permit a combination grocery store and restaurant. (The document uses bureaucratic terms like "food market" and "eating and drinking establishment.")

The applicant has requested three permits, including one to renovate the building, but none have been approved. Architecture firm BRR filed the permit requests and renovation plans, which bear the Whole Foods logo.

Building owner Doug Antonoff told Denverite any confirmation on the store returning to Cap Hill would have to come from Whole Foods, which has not returned a request for comment.

Whole Foods had 13 years left on its lease, Antonoff told Denverite during a neighborhood meeting last year.

As Denverite reported in 2017, Whole Foods planned to hold on to the property. The Cap Hill Whole Foods building is roughly 20,500 square feet, and the company said it was considering locations smaller than 35,000 square feet for its millennial-focused, less-pricey 365 concept.

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