Judge tells Whole Foods to reopen Bellevue '365' store
Whole Foods Market has been ordered to reopen its store in Bellevue Square mall.
King County Superior Court Judge Mary E. Roberts granted the shopping center a preliminary injunction Thursday after finding that Whole Foods violated the terms of its lease, which required the "365 by Whole Foods" store at 10200 N.E. Fourth St. to stay open for at least the first 10 years of the 20-year lease term.
Whole Foods will be required to reopen the store in the next two weeks.
According to court documents, Whole Foods notified Bellevue Square of its intention to close the store -- a value-oriented spin-off of the Amazon-owned natural grocer -- on Oct. 12, just two days before they vacated the building.
The store opened in September 2016.
Roberts found that the store's closure resulted in "actual and substantial injury" for the mall, but that quantifying any losses for the mall was difficult. For that reason, Whole Foods was ordered to reopen the store within 14 days of the ruling.
"Money damages cannot adequately compensate Bellevue Square," Roberts wrote.
Amazon purchased the Austin-based grocer earlier this year for $13.7 billion.
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