BREAKING: Healthy Living Market and Cafe headed to Wilton Mall!

You've probably heard the rumors and this morning we got confirmation: Burlington, Vt.-based Healthy Living Market and Cafe is heading to Wilton Mall.

The market will fill the 35,000-square-foot space that used to house J.C. Penney.

According to a press release I got this morning:

"Healthy Living will offer shoppers a one-stop destination for natural groceries, including organic and local produce, meats, breads and cheeses. The market will also include a dine-in or take-out Cafe, with great freshly prepared options like paninis, a hot bar for lunch and dinner, and brunch; as well as a Learning Center for hands-on cooking classes and demonstrations.

The press release also says the market will bring 140 jobs and construction will begin this summer. The Healthy Living Market folks hope to open in Wilton — their second location — by mid-winter 2013.
The press release also says the market will offer wines and microbrews — I'm going to call to confirm this because I'm not sure how that fits in with New York's liquor laws.

In the release, Katy Lesser says Wilton Mall was chosen because of all the good vibes the Spa City gives off:  “We took a long time to find the ideal place for our second location,” Lesser said. “The energy and spirit I see in Saratoga Springs matches the kind of environment we love to support; a community that’s passionate about a certain quality of life, where good food and agriculture play important roles. We’re anxious to begin partnerships with businesses and farmers, schools and organizations in the area, and start working to become part of the community.”

Big hat tip to Mamatoga, who got this up on her blog really early this morning. She's got a newborn at home and she's still tearing up the breaking news, big round of applause. Another hat tip to Saratoga Idiots who posted this rumor weeks ago, alerting us to the possibility.

More on this later, I have to run to a meeting (that's a lie, photog Erica Miller just brought chocoloate-covered strawberries into the newsroom and I can no longer focus on writing)



Blogger Benj said...

This is really exciting. Everyone who wanted a Whole Foods in town (myself included) probably just got something that is even a notch up. I am excited that this is an independent store. It's like Whole Foods without the corporate fluff.

Friday, February 10, 2012 12:45:00 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I can't wait! I moved here 5 years ago and found that it's impossible to find all the organic produce and products all in the same store. I would have to travel to Latham for Fresh Market, go to Hannaford, go to Four Seasons. Now, I will shop exclusively there!

Friday, February 10, 2012 4:36:00 PM 
Anonymous AddiesDad said...


As a grocery store they can sell beer, it's the wine part that is tricky. Probably they will do something like what Putnam does, a separate company/entity will own a standalone wine store that may share a lockable door.

Friday, February 10, 2012 5:04:00 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I thought Planet Fitness was moving into the old JC Penny?

Friday, February 10, 2012 6:17:00 PM 
Anonymous HOW2POSE said...

Great news! However, the Wilton Mall does seem like an odd location (at least it's not in the Food Court:). It would have been perfect in the area of South Broadway that's starting to be discussed for re-development. If only they could wait a little longer...

Friday, February 10, 2012 7:14:00 PM 
Blogger Saratogian Online said...

Anon 6:17:
Planet Fitness will be right next door, they're splitting the former J.C. Penney space (More: http://poststar.com/business/local/wilton-mall-to-get-planet-fitness/article_66e3eb58-41fc-11e1-b293-001871e3ce6c.html)

When I spoke to the owner this afternoon he alluded to that, but said he didn't want to give all of his secrets away. I expect you're right and it will be similar (though bigger) to Putnam Market's set-up.

Friday, February 10, 2012 7:15:00 PM 

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