Whole Story

The Official Whole Foods Market® Blog

Our New Website

By Bill Tolany, September 11, 2008  |  Meet the Blogger  |  More Posts by Bill Tolany
Bill Tolany works on the Whole Foods Market Integrated Media team, which includes digital efforts for customers and Team Members. Greetings All! Many of you have noticed our new website.  (Those of you getting the Whole Story via RSS, come check it out!)  I say it’s “our” website, but we made it for you.  Some of the things you can do are:
  • find great recipes, which now include ratings and reviews from customers and Team Members
  • discover what’s happening in your local store, from specials (bottom left corner of your store page) to events (the calendar at the top right of your store page)
  • learn from the forums, with conversations on everything from green practices to special diets (gluten free, casein free, etc.)
And if the Whole Story and new website still aren’t enough for you, you can always follow us on Twitter and Facebook! We’re going to keep working to meet your needs, so let us know what you like and what you don’t. Enjoy!
Category: Random Stuff




Rene Perez says ...
The new redesigned WFM website is really very nice and pleasing to the the eyes.There are lot of informations (from blogging to cooking)and I enjoy it very much. The section on food recipes I believe is better than Food Network. I am team member from Potrero Hill store and keep telling my co-team members as well as our customers to check out the new website.
09/11/2008 10:16:55 PM CDT
Imani says ...
I love the new site. It's a web based book. It's feels like an inviting Table of Contents. It seems everything is easy to locate and navigate. I really appreciate everyone that assisted in bringing this update to fruition. Thanks. Peace!!
09/12/2008 12:34:37 AM CDT
Lavon Groom says ...
The new website does not make available the size of the stores. Sq footage listing was the only identifier for large stores with many departments the restaurants and bakeries are not clearly identied in each store. I visit diiferent wholefoods in my area that I live at in Maryland just for the different departments.
09/13/2008 12:06:05 PM CDT
Taylor Roa says ...
very friendly user...what's a BIG improvement...
09/14/2008 8:36:54 PM CDT
elaine toth says ...
Love your new website but PLEASE, please, please start selling online!!! I live FAR from your nearest store.
09/14/2008 9:41:28 PM CDT
hsiaw says ...
@elaine Thanks for the suggestion. We're always looking for new ways to serve our customers, but currently online shopping is not in the plans. However, you can check out our list of stores in development (stores planned for the next couple of years) to see if we're opening up one a bit closer to you: http://www.wholefoodsmarket.com/stores/newstores.php.
09/15/2008 2:21:22 PM CDT
Michelle says ...
Ditto the request for online shopping. I work full time and have two small children, so getting to the store is harder than you might think, even though there is a Whole Foods about 1 mile from my house. I will continue shopping online at New Seasons until you offer online shopping... Thanks, Michelle
10/09/2008 12:26:59 PM CDT
Bonnie, Las Vegas says ...
Nice looking fl@vors e-newsletter but I really miss the codes for special diets i.e. GF, DF, etc. It's important to me that you continue using these codes AND providing recipes tailored to my interests. Thanks!
10/09/2008 5:36:41 PM CDT
Dave Dykstra says ...
I love your website and would like to enjoy your store as well. I live in Norhtwest Indiana very close to your distribution center in Munster. It is frustrating to see the trucks driving by all the time when the closest store is roughly 30 miles away. I have kept an eye on the stores under construction but do not see any plans for a store anywhere in this area yet. I think that a store in this area would do extremely well considering there is nothing else in the area besides a few very small stores with very limited selection. It is good to see a company that strives so hard to change the lack of education in this country concerning healthy living.
10/20/2008 2:31:33 AM CDT
hsiaw says ...
@Dave Hi there! Thanks for your kind words about our new website and our stores. If you're interested in requesting a new store location, please email newstore.requests@wholefoods.com. We collect customer feedback when considering new stores, but our current plan for the next couple of years can be found here: http://www.wholefoodsmarket.com/stores/newstores.php.
10/20/2008 5:03:53 PM CDT
laopan says ...
Another online shopping request. If you look at how successful other stores are with the online shopping service that they provide, you might change your idea? You have all the price data and creating/maintaining a website won't cost that much. Please think about it seriously.
12/02/2008 7:19:32 PM CST
Marnie says ...
Please, please bring in ONLINE shopping, especially in London, it's such an enormous time saver.
08/05/2010 8:41:28 AM CDT
Roberta Boling says ...
Please consider a new store in Palmdale, CA. on the corner of Ave. 0-8 and 10th St. W. It is a highly,highly visible and trafficked location in the Antelope Valley. Contact realtor Vince Roche at 661/327-2263. I have talked with many who drive all the way to the Valencia store and we would LOVE to have a Whole Foods Market here in Palmdale!! I read the criteria and think we meet 90% - 100% of it. Consumers who don't even know you exist would be thrilled to have such a large and well-stocked market like this close by.
06/27/2011 12:59:20 PM CDT
Bobby Hawley says ...
Thanks for thinking of us for a store in your area. You can submit a suggestion for new location by visiting our website. Just click here: http://www.wholefoodsmarket.com/company/service.php?subject=12#viaemail
06/27/2011 1:53:05 PM CDT
SueB says ...
Another week, another attempt to find the store specials for Massachusetts. You provided incorrect instructions last week. This week I again attempted to use the Search function but turned up nothing. When are you going to put the store special pdf on the store page in a prominent place?
08/15/2012 8:13:37 AM CDT
nikki.newman says ...
@SUEB- Sorry that you're having problems finding the specials. Keep in mind that this is an older blog post and does not contain current links. To access your local store specials from the home page of our website you'll need to select a home store. You can do this by clicking "Change Store" in the top left corner of the page under "Welcome." Make sure when you locate your store you select the button that says "Make This My Store." Once you've selected a home store the page will reset and you'll see a "Featured Sale" image and link in the center of the page. Clicking this will take you to the featured sales for the store, and to download the entire flier click "Download Sales Flier" above the featured items. I hope this helps!
08/15/2012 9:20:17 AM CDT
antiqueembryo says ...
Yeah, the new website is totally awful and no longer helpful. Why don't you go back to the old design? It now takes much longer to load, there are no pictures for listed recipes and instantly visable reviews as there were before. Since the site is so incredibly slow (I'm guessing because it is too visually busy with the overly busy new background), it is not motivating to keep trying to open recipes to see whether they're worth reading or not. Additionally, what kind of clutter-loving person decided the constantly changing font types and sizes were a good idea? It is so difficult to visually scan. My cooking class students with special needs used to rely on this site for planning our cooking class and now it is completely useless to us. You've done all of your customers a major disservice. Why don't you change it back to how it was before?
10/21/2012 9:25:49 PM CDT
Louise Rega says ...
Begging you guys to consider opening a Whole Foods Market in either Destin, FL or Panama City Beach, FL - we are located in the gorgeous northwest panhandle of FL on the amazing Emerald Coast - it truly is paradise here. Since our areas cater to tourists, spring breakers, residents (like us!!!), etc. we are in great need of a wonderful store like Whole Foods Market. There is nothing in either of these areas that can even compare. I have visited one of your stores in NJ and fell in love!!! Would love to see you in our area - sooooo needful! PLEASE, PLEASE consider our area! Thanks for the time.
03/07/2014 8:14:12 AM CST
Darlene says ...
I am new to finding out what foods are casein free and where to look to find them or which foods contain casein. Is this the proper place to look or ask?
12/28/2014 11:37:11 AM CST
Nikki - Community Moderator says ...
@DARLENE - You can find a casein free list for your exact store on their webpage on our site. Typically it will be located on the right hand side of the page under "Unique to your store".
12/29/2014 12:50:38 PM CST
Christina Bailey says ...
The closest whole foods is an hour away from me, please consider one in front Royal Virginia or any of the surrounding areas!
01/04/2015 7:13:33 PM CST
Erin says ...
Please build a store in the Joliet area in Illinois! It is desperately needed and the closest stores are just too far away. It is a big and still growing, educated, suburban, family area with many special needs diets.
01/19/2015 8:42:18 PM CST
rhonda dow says ...
We live in the Midwest + drive 2 hrs to go to the closest whole foods + have been doing it for years! Yet, when we get to the Chicago suburbs, there are 26 stores, I swear within 15 minutes from one suburb to another. How does this make any sense??? NOW, we have a second home in Panama City Beach and nothing like a Whole Foods, anywhere? Where are you? + why are we being excluded??? We are your most dedicated customers + we are being ignored. Please hear our plea, + do not ignore us! We are an army in an of ourself and we will not disappoint!!!
02/08/2015 11:50:52 AM CST
Ronnette says ...
Would love to see one of your New profile stores at the old Safeway location 1045 south Sheridan Blvd denver co west side of town In a great neighborhood With new housing coming in and Old housing being renovated
06/14/2015 12:56:39 PM CDT
Stanley Foster says ...
Where can I get information about your hiring program for the new store?
08/04/2015 8:19:47 PM CDT