A King County Superior Court judge has ruled the 365 by Whole Foods store in Bellevue Square that closed in October should be reopened. The 365-branded store closed abruptly after being open for about a year.
King County Superior Court Judge Mary Roberts issued a preliminary injunction requiring Whole Foods to reopen within 14 days.
Kemper Freeman, the developer behind Bellevue Square and the 50-acre Bellevue Collection adjoining it it, filed suit in October. David Nold, the Bellevue lawyer representing Bellevue Square, told The Seattle Times, “We don’t want a check. We want Whole Foods to open and operate,” adding, “The great thing about Whole Foods being bought by Amazon is that they’re a far cry from being insolvent, aren’t they?”
The lease reportedly includes language requiring the grocer to stay open for the first 10 years of a 20-year lease.
Whole Foods was acquired by Amazon in August for $13.5 billion.
At the time of the closing, the company said the decision to close the store was made before the acquisition, citing “store performance” and “site challenges.”