Beyond the Numbers

Record TWELVE new stores opened in Q4


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Weymouth, MA

Weymouth, MA


Opening date: 7/10/13

Store size: 41,000 square feet

Highlights: The store features fresh-squeezed fruit and vegetable juice in Produce, plus a full-service juice/coffee/smoothie bar in Specialty complete with seating for 10. Freshly made donuts are available every morning at South Weymouth, not to mention grass-fed burgers and freshly cut French fries.

Addison, TX

Addison, TX


Opening date: 7/16/13

Store size: 44,000 square feet

Highlights: This is a relocation of what was the oldest original WFM store still open (Richardson, 1988), and the new digs feature all kinds of customer-wowing features, including local beer at the in-house bar (called “The Spirit of ’76” to honor the year it became legal to serve alcohol in the area), exclusive sandwiches made with local bread and named after local landmarks, and a full calendar of events like “Taco Tuesdays” and “Wine on Wednesdays.” The store also received the EPA’s Gold Level Certification for GreenChill refrigeration.

Maple Grove, MN

Maple Grove, MN


Opening date: 7/17/13

Store size: 32,000 square feet

Highlights: This is Minnesota’s fifth store and it is chock-full of creative foods and special venues. Maple Grove features the first Minnesota beer, wine and spirits shop, a kids’ play area located inside a café, and a cozy coffee shop and smoothie bar at the entrance of the café. This location is also highlighting a new concept in Prepared Foods called a Piadina – a folded flatbread Italian sandwich reminiscent of a quesadilla.

Melrose, MA

Melrose, MA


Opening date: 7/24/13

Store size: 33,000 square feet

Highlights: Melrose includes cut-to-order fresh pasta, bulk candy shop favorites, and a full charcuterie. The Bakery features a pizza hotline – a direct phone line so customers can call ahead to order a fresh pie. And the Meat Team has a combined 130+ years’ experience in butchery! The City of Melrose has a rich Victorian heritage, which is reflected throughout the store with Victorian-inspired décor.

Charlestown, MA

Charlestown, MA


Opening date: 8/7/13

Store size: 32,000 square feet

Highlights: Charlestown reflects the area’s history with decor elements like recycled wood, vintage doors, railroad booths and exposed brick. Features include a European cheese room, Dim Sum, and a Team Member handprint mural in the stairwell going up to the break room. Local Neighborhood City Council members spoke highly of the store’s arrival at the opening and enjoyed meeting Team Members.

Savannah, GA

Savannah, GA


Opening date: 8/13/13

Store size: 37,000 square feet

Highlights: Local team the Derby Devils did an “inaugural skatethrough” of the Savannah store, followed in by the first eager shoppers. The Savannah College of Art & Design created the mural on the outside of the store. In return, the café has many seats with electrical outlets – for SCAD students and others. Beer, wine and food are available at The Parlour, which is decorated with repurposed wine cask wood. Also notable: a pickled item bar, and acclaimed 100-year-old Savannah Coffee Roasters coffee.

Lynnfield, MA

Lynnfield, MA


Opening date: 8/22/13

Store size: 45,000 square feet

Highlights: Lynnfield’s many unique features include a café built out of six shipping containers, the first in-store drum coffee roaster, the first Montreal bagel venue, local hand-crafted frozen yogurt and… Hyper Local produce from its 17,000-square-foot rooftop farm (search VideoFarm for “rooftop” to see how it was built)! There’s also a stage for live local music, a cheese room, two outside fire pits and seating for 200 throughout the store – not to mention two funhouse mirrors next to a kids’ play area.

Somerville, MA

Somerville, MA


Opening date: 9/4/13

Store size: 25,000 square feet

Highlights: Somerville is small but fills the void for a natural food market in its community. It still offers prepared foods items from pizza to burritos as well as extensive bulk and produce options. Improvements were made both outside and inside the store, which sports a bright red floor to match the store’s bold and vivacious personality. Opening day was a 5% Day that benefited no less than five local organizations!

Phoenix, AZ

Phoenix, AZ


Opening date: 9/18/13

Store size: 40,000 square feet

Highlights: This relocation of the Raintree store is helping revive its new neighborhood. Its 7,000 additional square feet allow for new venues like “The Squeeze” juice bar, a “Wokeria” (create-your-own-bowl Asian and Southwestern fusion), and Cro-dos (our own marriage of a croissant and a donut). 20 Highland Tavern is a full-service restaurant with 36 beers on tap, and the bar is made from Siberian spruce salvaged from old shipping containers from Russia and Eastern Europe. Around 50 local suppliers came out the week before opening for a Team Member product education day.

Arlington, MA

Arlington, MA


Opening date: 9/18/13

Store size: 38,000 square feet

Highlights: The final of the six Johnny's Foodmaster remodels to reopen is located in an area with Paul Revere history – features a "Land" Meat sign and "Sea" Seafood sign (one if by land, two if by sea…). In addition, the store boasts an exclusive ice cream flavor, “The Minuteman Mix,” from local ice cream maker The Chilly Cow. The café features retro-style seating and hand-painted tiles decorated by children attending the summer day camp of local non-profit Arlington Center for the Arts, one of the store's five opening 5% Day beneficiaries.

Minneapolis, MN

Minneapolis, MN


Opening date: 9/25/13

Store size: 47,000 square feet

Highlights: Hennepin's location in a new building with 380 apartments above gives it a "built-in" clientele. The store itself incorporates the cement pillars and flooring of the showroom of the old Jaguar dealership once located there. The décor gives nods to all things Minnesota, like Grain Belt Beer, Vikings, farming and milling, corn, and even beards. Food features include a beer and wine shop, scratch bakery, house-made popcorn, Neapolitan-style pizza, and gelato. A community room/lifestyle center hosts cooking classes, wine and brew tastings, and workshops on a variety of wellness topics.

Fremont, CA

Fremont, CA


Opening date: 9/25/13

Store size: 39,000 square feet

Highlights: Fremont's products reflect its diverse community, for example dosa and wok stations in Prepared Foods, an extensive Asian vegetables set in Produce and Halal-certified lamb. Also notable are a grilled cheese melt and savory waffle station in Specialty, smoked meats and seafood, and craft beer and wine by the glass at Mission Peak Tap Alley. The store's decor also reflects a mix: from the exterior red brick façade to the colorful and intricate multi-cultural designs inside. Electric car chargers and clean air vehicle spots are offered in the parking lot.

PRODUCTS/QUALITY STANDARDS/DIFFERENTIATION


Whole Foods Market® announces enhanced standards for fresh produce and flowers

Ratings strengthen company’s quality standards, help shoppers make conscious choices. click here.





Whole Foods Market® launches Whole Paws® line of pet food

Whole Foods Market is introducing Whole Paws, an exclusive line of premium value pet food, that features 24 products for dogs and cats. The line includes an assortment of items, ranging from grain-free adult dog food and training treats to indoor cat formula and litter with baking soda. To read more, click here.



RECOGNITION:


Whole Foods Market named Retailer of the Year by the World Retail Congress

The Retailer of the Year is awarded to the Retailer that has proved it is a world class performer across every aspect of its business. It can be a national or multinational retailer, but overwhelmingly it will be a retailer that can truly be described as not only having an exceptional year but that has had a true impact on consumers and the definition of retail. The World Retail Congress is the largest gathering of Retailers from across the globe and now in its 7th year has become a destination for thought leadership, innovation and global best practice sharing. To read more, click here.