The Whole Foods Market store under construction now in Amherst. (Mark Mulville/News file photo)

Whole Foods Market can begin building the interior of its 50,000-square-foot store in Amherst, now that the Austin, Texas, upscale grocer has received the necessary town permit.

"Today they were issued a permit to do the build-out of the store, to finish up the store now," Douglas Gesel, senior code enforcement officer in the town's Building Department, said Thursday.

The $15 million store will offer shoppers typical grocery amenities such as a bakery, dairy, sushi and pizza, and some unique features, including a bocce ball court and a tap room.

The store is still on track to open this summer, said Whole Foods spokesman Michael Sinatra.

Built by Picone Construction Co., the store's exterior features two peaked roofs, a facade of red brick and wood siding, with green gable roofs, a "living wall" of plants and the brand's green lettering. New parking lot islands, landscaping and spaces are already largely installed.

The one-story building sits at the eastern end of Northtown Plaza at 3097 Sheridan Drive, on the site of a former two-story Bon-Ton department store, which was taken down to make way for the first Whole Foods location in Western New York.

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