Jay Demory, Construction Design Assistant – Regional Store Development Support
- What does your job title mean?
I provide support for new store development and construction.
- What's been your career path to Whole Foods Market?
I started out in 2012 as a part-time Grocery Team Member in our Des Moines, Iowa store with the idea that it was going to be a temporary job, but I quickly realized that it was the kind of place that aligned with my values. I wanted to create my own path here. After some research, I realized that it would be possible for me to use my degree in Interior Architecture on the Store Development Team and to be a part of the new store construction for the Midwest region.
- A Day in the Life
My primary role is supporting the Design Coordinator for Store Development. A typical day involves coordinating construction documents with architects and designers, designing spaces to better suit customer experiences and Team Member success. One day may focus on researching an innovative program to roll out in a new store, and later the same day meet with a coordinator to design the best possible layout of their department. Every day is different.
- What do you like most about working at Whole Foods Market?
Every store is designed specifically for the people living in that community, which means that every store is as unique as the customers it serves and the experience it offers. We strive to design that experience to meet a set of goals that elicit a desired experience from our customers. Whole Foods Market is famous for being more than a grocery store, and much of that experience is created through design.
- What advice do you have for people considering joining the Whole Foods Market team?
It is a place that rewards hard work and innovative thinking. If you’ve ever worked somewhere that limited your creativity, I encourage you to try Whole Foods Market and see what it is to be a part of our team.