Whole Foods coming to town

Whole Foods Market announced Wednesday it will expand into Lafayette next year with a location in the Ambassador Crossing development.

The store, expected to open in 2014, will be a 36,200-square-foot facility in the development at the northeast corner of Ambassador Caffery Parkway and Settler’s Trace Boulevard, Whole Foods Market spokeswoman Kristina Bradford said.

The announcement came the same day Whole Foods said it would add a second store to New Orleans, bringing to five the number of locations it will have in the state once the new locations come online.

The second New Orleans store will be housed in the former Schwegmann’s on North Broad Street and Bienville Avenue in the Mid-City neighborhood.

The location will be 25,000 square feet and is expected to open in late 2013, Bradford said.

The store, built as a Schwegmann’s Giant Super Market in 1965, last housed a Robert’s Fresh Market and has been vacant since Hurricane Katrina.

The other Whole Foods in New Orleans, located in the 5600 block of Magazine Street, opened in 2002; and a location in Metairie on Veterans Boulevard at the corner of Severn Avenue opened in May 2005.

Whole Foods also operates a store in Baton Rouge.