on Monday added long-awaited seating to their Hyde Square grocery store.
"Our most asked for community request has been answered... Our seating is here!" Tweeted Jennifer Licht, marketing team leader and community liaison for the 413 Centre St. store.
That means that patrons are now able to eat prepared foods at tables inside and outside the store.
Some in the community had opposed the move, by causing competition.
But Whole Foods and its supporters said the grocer was responding to customer demand — and that consuming take-out items from a grocery store wouldn't compete with nearby eateries.
"We don't think we'll be competing," Whole Foods' attorney, Mike Scott, told the License Board in June. He noted that the store has put up a board displaying where local restaurants are and highlighting their menus.
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