The store in Bellevue Square is closing just a year after it opened.
Whole Foods Market’s Bellevue Square location will close Saturday, shutting its doors just a year after the 365-branded store opened.
A sign in the store said it will close permanently at 10 p.m.
The 365 by Whole Foods Market stores are smaller, less expensive takes on the organic grocer’s flagship stores, an experiment aimed at office workers and nearby residents.
The Bellevue store was the third 365 store launched by Whole Foods — after openings in Los Angeles and Lake Oswego, Oregon, near Portland — and was the only one then in a mall.
There are now also 365-branded stores in Santa Monica, California; Akron, Ohio; and Cedar Park, Texas; and a store opening soon in Concord, California, according to the Whole Foods website. It also noted plans for 17 more of the stores in California, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Texas and Virginia.
Amazon.com acquired Whole Foods in August for $13.5 billion, dramatically expanding the online retailer’s stake in both brick-and-mortar retail and groceries.
A Whole Foods spokeswoman said the decision to close the Bellevue 365 store was made before the Amazon deal, and was related to the specific store’s performance, rather than a broader reassessment of the 365 concept.
The company is trying to find work for the store’s 50 employees at other locations, she said.
Whole Foods operates mainline stores in Seattle, Bellevue, Redmond and Lynnwood, and is developing new locations in Kirkland, West Seattle and on Capitol Hill.