Bellevue Square 365 by Whole Foods Ordered to Reopen

The store that was abruptly closed in October was just ordered to open in 14 days by a King County judge.

A King County Superior Court judge has ruled the 365 by Whole Foods store in Bellevue Square that closed in October should be reopened. The 365-branded store closed abruptly after being open for about a year.

King County Superior Court Judge Mary Roberts issued a preliminary injunction requiring Whole Foods to reopen within 14 days.

Kemper Freeman, the developer behind Bellevue Square and the 50-acre Bellevue Collection adjoining it it, filed suit in October. David Nold, the Bellevue lawyer representing Bellevue Square, told The Seattle Times, “We don’t want a check. We want Whole Foods to open and operate,” adding, “The great thing about Whole Foods being bought by Amazon is that they’re a far cry from being insolvent, aren’t they?”

The lease reportedly includes language requiring the grocer to stay open for the first 10 years of a 20-year lease.

Whole Foods was acquired by Amazon in August for $13.5 billion.

At the time of the closing, the company said the decision to close the store was made before the acquisition, citing “store performance” and “site challenges.”

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