A little more Google-Fu on the Whole Foods idea reveals these minutes of the South Burlington Planning Commission, from back in May, when they were advised that a developer was considering the possibility of a street from Patchen Road to the back of the Windjammer and wanted to know about the possibility of naming it "Whole Foods Drive." Hmm. The press release (first-quarter earnings report, actually) I linked to yesterday said:
"In the first quarter, the Company opened five stores, including two relocations. So far in the second quarter, the Company has closed one Wild Oats store in Albuquerque, NM. The Company currently has 278 stores totaling 10.1 million square feet. The Company recently signed one new lease for a 45,000-square-foot store in Burlington, VT currently scheduled to open after fiscal year 2010."
So could it be locating in an as-yet unbuilt building? Well, the part about "after fiscal year 2010" could mean that they were not looking to open until after June 30, 2010, which would give them more than a year to build and locate a store. A quick scan of the South Burlington Development review Board and Planning Commission meeting minutes over the last year or so doesn't show anything too suspect in that space. It seems like a tight timeline to get something both permitted and built. Who knows, the lease could be contingent on lots of things.