Foods for thought: Amazon-owned grocer will open Ft. Greene outpost in January

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Whole Foods Market

It’s a Whole new place to shop!

Whole Foods will open its long-awaited Fort Greene mini-market on Jan. 31 next year, honchos of the Amazon-owned supermarket chain announced on Tuesday. The new Whole Foods Market 365 — the store’s inaugural East Coast branch — joins the just-opened Apple Downtown Brooklyn as a retailer inside the nabe’s swanky 32-story 300 Ashland tower.

The store’s inventory will be similar to that at its larger sister locations in Williamsburg and Gowanus, but will boast a less robust selection of ready-to-go meals and grocery items — which have included such head-scratching offerings as “asparagus water” and plastic-enclosed pre-peeled oranges.

Several high-end food sellers including a bakery-and-coffee joint, an organic-juice bar, and a 100-percent plant-based burger slinger will also set up shop inside the store, according to the supermarket’s honchos.

And shoppers will be just steps from a branch of the Brooklyn Public Library, a home for the Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Arts, and a new Brooklyn Academy of Music cinema — all of which are moving into the 379-apartment high-rise near Lafayette Avenue.

Whole Foods Market 365 isn’t the first trendy grocer to arrive in the area — earlier this year, a second Brooklyn outpost of Trader Joe’s opened just a few blocks away at Downtown’s City Point complex.

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Whole Foods Market 365 (292 Ashland Place between Lafayette Avenue and Hanson Place in Fort Greene). Opens Jan. 31, 2018.