Whole Foods Focusing on Local Items

Whole Foods Market opened the doors to its 500th store April 5 in Atlanta. The new 70,000-square-foot, multi-level flagship store aims to be a community gathering destination featuring four fast-casual eateries and more than 1,500 local items from 250 suppliers, many new to Whole Foods Market.

Whole Foods Market Midtown will be a true gathering space for the community
— Bobby Turner

“We worked hard to create a place that offers our neighbors a destination to get together, enjoy great food and connect with members of the local community through a variety of culinary, wellness and cultural events. We’re proud that our new South Region flagship has the honor of opening as Whole Foods Market’s 500th store, marking an incredible milestone for the company,” said Bobby Turner, president of the south region at Whole Foods Market.

Located across four floors, shoppers will have a food hall experience with four unique fast-casual eateries offering exclusive food menus, curated selections of locally sourced beer and wine as well as Wi-Fi. With a selection of locally sourced options, grab-and-go prepared foods and natural and organic grocery items, all food at Whole Foods Market must meet the company’s rigorous quality standards, which prohibit hydrogenated fats, high-fructose corn syrup and artificial sweeteners.

Special features include:

  • Hot and cold prepared food bars featuring seasonal dishes and options for special diets, department offers build-your-own avocado toast and lettuce wrap bars, a skillet bar offering items such as fried chicken, wings and fried fish, as well as a salad bar, soup wells, self-serve pizza, sushi from Genji, a sandwich station with made-to-order sandwiches, rotisserie chickens, plant-focused grain bowls and seasonally rotating culinary popup stations

  • Fresh produce department with seasonal fruits and vegetables, selections from regional growers and an in-store “fruit and vegetable butcher,” offering cut-to-order fruits and vegetables while customers shop

Article by The Produce News

Source: www.theproducenews.com

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