For better or worse, it begins.

The long-delayed and much ballyhooed Whole Foods on Third Ave and Third Street has finally begun construction. The ground has been leveled off, about half a dozen large work vehicles are on the site, and a pile-driver has already buried several piles into the ground (audible from several blocks away during day-time work hours).

Whole Foods Construction

Whole Foods Brooklyn

The construction is being handled by CM&B (Construction Management and Building, Inc.), a Lynnfield, MA-based company that’s built several other Whole Foods locations including a new store on E. 57th St. in Manhattan.

Whole Foods Brooklyn

An NY Daily News article from this past February claims the food store will open in “early to mid-2013,” but at this point an early-2013 open date seems highly unlikely.