Ithaca, N.Y. — The grocery chain Whole Foods is considering markets across upstate New York for an expansion, including Ithaca, according to spokesperson Michael Sinatra.

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“We’d love to think that we can eventually make a great town like Ithaca our home,” Sinatra said in an email.

“While there are no formal plans at this current time, our real estate teams are certainly out and about considering a variety of options as our company grows.” broke the news yesterday that Whole Foods is exploring multiple locations in Upstate New York.

“Whole Foods opened in the Albany area over the summer and news of plans for a store in Buffalo broke in May,” writes’s Kevin Tampone. “The chain has plans for a site near Rochester too, the Rochester Business Journal reported today.”

A Whole Foods in Ontario, Canada. Courtesy ChadPerez49/Wikimedia

Headquartered in Austin, Texas, Whole Foods has been around since 1980 but has currently announced or completed a number of expansions.

The chain specializes in organic food — which may make Ithaca an ideal location for the company.

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Jeff Stein

Jeff Stein is the founder and former editor of the Ithaca Voice.