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What’s In Store? Bass Pro Shops, Chick-fil-A, and Whole Foods entering Rochester market

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Each week, new building developments can be seen popping up all over the greater Rochester area. Some of the region’s most anticipated projects are still waiting their final approvals.

News 8’s Jordan Guerrein set out to find “What’s In Store?” for three local projects all in the works, that aren’t yet in our community: Bass Pro Shops, Chick-fil-A, and Whole Foods.

Three years ago developer John DiMarco began the process to develop Fishers’ Ridge, a massive parcel sitting next to the thruway in Victor near Route 96. The project involves retail space, hotels and mixed use buildings, with a 145,000 sq. ft. Bass Pro Shops featuring a bowling alley and restaurant as its anchor tenant.

“Bass Pro looked at this as a flagship store and as a key location to really show themselves,” DiMarco said.

It’s set to be the biggest of its kind in New York State, with two other locations in Auburn and Utica, but the site has yet to break ground. Last month the Town of Victor finalized an environmental review of the project, though DiMarco said construction is still another 12 to 18 months away.

Popular fast food chain Chick-fil-A is making it’s way north into Western New York, eyeing several locations in Rochester and Buffalo.

Locally, the Town Board in Greece gave the go ahead for a 5,000 sq. ft. store with a drive-thru along West Ridge Rd. near the Mall at Greece Ridge.

Chick-fil-A could potentially break ground in the next month, and start serving it’s famous sandwiches in September.

In Brighton, there’s been a mixed response from the community on whether or not a plaza featuring a Whole Foods should move forward.

The Daniele family closed down Mario’s Restaurant to make way for a plaza along Monroe Ave near I-590. Last week, a second public hearing in the environmental review process lasted five hours.

Despite some troubles the company is having at the national level, developers said at the meeting Whole Foods reps were in town last month and are committed to the site in Brighton.

If all goes well, Whole Foods could be competing with nearby Wegmans and Trader Joe’s at the end of next year or early 2019.

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