HUNTERSVILLE – Whole Foods Market’s second foray into the Charlotte region will be its first in the lake area.

Whole Foods, a Texas-based grocery store chain, will replace Food Lion next spring as the anchor of the Northcross Commons Center on N.C. 73 near Exit 25. The high-end grocery store debuted in the region in 2012 with a location in South Charlotte near SouthPark. The store will be in a 35,000-square-foot building.

The opportunity to join the burgeoning lake area was one the company felt was too good to pass up, spokeswoman Darrah Horgan said.

“We had been looking at the Charlotte market for a few years now,” she said. “The success of our Charlotte location led us to the Huntersville location. We’d heard it was a good place, and it kind of worked out for us. We found the right location, and the timing was perfect.”

Whole Foods Market will employ 120-140 people in its new location, Horgan added.

The grocery chain operates more than 350 stores throughout the U.S. and the United Kingdom.

The Charlotte location, at 6610 Fairview Road, is one of 10 stores in the state. Other Whole Foods Markets are in Asheville, Cary, Chapel Hill, Durham, Greensboro, Raleigh, Wilmington and Winston-Salem.

The 33-year-old company may expand further into the state if its stores maintain success and other sites are discovered, Horgan added.

“We’re always looking at real estate,” she said. “It’s an option.”

In the Lake Norman market, Whole Foods Market joins Harris Teeter, BI-LO, Food Lion, Walmart, Target, Lowes Foods, The Fresh Market, Aldi and Publix, which will come to Cornelius at Magnolia Plaza next year.