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Whole Foods ‘wants’ to open in Vail

Special to the DailyWhole Foods has talked to Vail Resorts about opening a grocery store in the Ever Vail village planned for Lionshead.

VAIL, Colorado ” Vail Resorts is trying to get a Whole Foods, Wild Oats or similar grocery store in Ever Vail, its $1.5 billion ski village planned for West Lionshead.

Whole Foods has already talked to Vail Resorts Development Company and “wants to come here,” said Tom Miller of Vail Resorts Development Company said Tuesday.

Ever Vail would occupy space that now includes the Vail Resort shopyard, a strip mall/office complex and an empty lot that used to be a BP gas station.

The village will be centered around a second Vail Mountain gondola and will include condos, a hotel, stores, restaurants and employee housing.

Ever Vail will also have more than 1,600 parking spaces, including 400 skier spaces in a garage, which would be on the western edge of the property, near the Glen Lyon building.

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Last week, Vail Resorts got approval from the Colorado Department of Transportation to relocate the South Frontage Road so it runs alongside the interstate where Blockbuster used to be, Miller said.

That work is scheduled to happen in 2009, which would mean the two strip malls would have to be demolished by then. Construction of Ever Vail would continue through 2018, said Michael Brekka of Vail Resorts Development Company.

The “green” village would use environmentally sensitive building techniques, and aim for certification under the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design program.

Vail Resorts officials added Tuesday that the company would use pine-beetle-killed trees from Vail Mountain to decorate some of the buildings.

Staff Writer Edward Stoner can be reached at 748-2929 or estoner@vaildaily.com.

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