Union Market “relaxed” about having Whole Foods as neighbour

Union Market, the natural food store launched last year by organic farmer and business investor Tony Bromovsky, says it is “relaxed” at the prospect of Whole Foods Market joining it on Fulham Broadway in West London, reports the Fulham Chronicle.

With the strapline ‘The Great British Grocer’, Union Market says it aims to combine the best aspects of “authentic, real farmers’ markets with the advantages of a supermarket – long operating hours, daily opening and a regular product range”.

Despite news that it may soon to have the world’s biggest natural foods retailer as a close neighbour (Whole Foods has reportedly signed a lease on a 22,000 sq ft site currently occupied by the Blue Elephant restaurant), Union Market says it remains positive.

Retail operations manager, James Thompson, told the Fulham Chronicle: “We think it’s positive and we welcome them. This town is becoming more of a foodies’ area all the time and competition is good. We’re relaxed about it.”

Thompson added that Union Market would continue to place its emphasis on local British produce — at its launch it pledged that 80% of the food it sold would be British grown and made.