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Whole Foods moving its regional HQ from Cambridge

Whole Foods moving its regional HQ from Cambridge

BOSTON BUSINESS JOURNAL – Austin, Texas-based specialty grocery chain Whole Foods Market Inc. is moving its North Atlantic regional headquarters from Cambridge to Marlborough this spring, a company spokesperson has confirmed.

Whole Foods (Nasdaq: WFM) currently employs 144 workers at a 32,000-square-foot office at 125 CambridgePark Dr., said Heather McCready, public relations manager for Whole Foods.

The company will move into office space at 200 Forest St., a 500,000-square-foot building occupied by GE Healthcare Life Sciences and Quest Diagnostics, said Meredith Harris, executive director of the Marlborough Economic Development Corp. GE Healthcare Life Sciences relocated its U.S. headquarters to Marlborough from New Jersey early last year.

Harris called the Whole Foods move “a big win for the city on a number of fronts.”

“Just four years ago, this half-a-million-square-foot building was completely vacant, and Whole Foods’ arrival puts it back to full occupancy,” Harris said in an email to the Business Journal. “The company is also bringing more jobs to the city, which will continue to drive down our already-low unemployment rate. We are excited to welcome another well-known brand to our business community and we look forward to working with them and assisting them during their transition and beyond.”

Whole Foods’ North Atlantic region covers Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Maine, New Hampshire and northern Connecticut. A Marlborough office will put Whole Foods in a “more centrally accessible location,” McCready said.

“Marlborough provides a more conveniently located headquarters to support the entire North Atlantic region,” McCready said in an email. “We are pleased to be joining the Marlborough community this spring.”

Whole Foods operates 467 stores in the U.S., Canada and United Kingdom.

The regional headquarter relocation news was first reported by Metro West Daily News.

This article by Catherine Carlock originally appeared here.