Remember all the cyber ink that was spilled when Whole Foods announced its plans to build a new store in Lakewood and then changed its mind and remodeled the old Minyard’s? You can go here, here and here if you don’t.

Turns out that was nothing compared to what happened when the chain tried to open two stores in New York City, reports the New York Times. The state liquor authority closed the wine shop at the store near Lincoln Center because the shop was deemed part of the supermarket and state law bans selling wine in food stores. Then Whole Foods’ license request for a wine shop near its store in the Bowery was denied because of community opposition.

And all we wanted them to do get rid of an ugly parking lot.

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