After two years sitting empty, the old Whole Foods on lower Greenville is back on the market — with a vengeance. Check out this PDF, from the high-powered commercial real estate broker CB Richard Elis, touting the site’s attributes: “Rare opportunity on lower Greenville.”

I’m told that there is significant interest in the 35,000-square-foot site, and that we shouldn’t be surprised if a new tenant, likely a grocer, opens in the next year or so. So who might go in there? And no, it won’t be Trader Joe’s, as we’ve reported time and again:

• One of the usual suspects — Sun Harvest, Sprouts, or Natural Grocers, all of whom have shown interest in the neighborhood in the past.

• Central Market, which has decided that it doesn’t mind opening smaller stores in neighborhood locations. The Greenville site is about the size of the old Preston Royal Borders that Central Market is going into; still, this is probably a long shot, since it’s only 3 1/2 miles from the Lovers Lane and Greenville Central Market.

One of two Walmart concepts — a Neighborhood Market (though it’s a touch small for that) and its Marketside store, which sounds a lot like Walmart doing Whole Foods. If I was a betting man, I’d put my money on the latter.


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