Cohen said he would need a larger plaza to attract more stores in order to make up for the lower rent paid by Whole Foods. A smaller plaza without a Whole Foods would probably include office space on the second and third floors above the retail stores, he said.
DeAngelis said he would be fine with a shopping plaza without a Whole Foods because it would draw less traffic.
“Anything that reduces the traffic in that area makes sense,” DeAngelis said. “I don’t know what could be more of a draw than a shopping center with a Whole Foods.”
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