Beyond the Numbers
FORTUNE recently featured Whole Foods Market in its cover story:
How Whole Foods is Taking Over America
Whole Foods Market has borrowed from the playbook of traditional supermarkets while avoiding their pitfalls. It's built out a successful, value-oriented private-label program but has maintained a stringent list of banned ingredients. It has managed to keep its stores and inventory from being commoditized by localizing each location and perpetuating the novel idea that a visit to the grocery store can be not only painless but also pleasant...Continue Reading
New Stores & Acquisitions
Q2 Openings & Acquisitions announced
Opening date: 2/4/14
Store size: 35,000 square feet
Highlights: Jackson is WFM’s first store in the state of Mississippi! From downtown-style marquee signage and blown-up handwritten family recipes (from South Construction Coordinator and Mississippi native Mike Farish) on the wall in Prepared Foods to calling out the “Fertile Roots” of Mississippi in Produce, its décor really pulls in local elements. The Yazoo Bend Coffee & Taproom has a beautiful reclaimed wood floor and custom bar top, and with its wonderful beignets it’s a popular gathering place. Listener headset devices provided the ultimate tour experience for new shoppers. Intriguing new items: self-serve bulk smoked fish and sweet tea pickled shrimp!
New Orleans, LA (Broad Street)
Opening date: 2/4/14
Store size: 26,000 square feet
Highlights: This “locally inspired, community-driven” store anchors the ReFresh Project, a 60,000-square-foot development that aims to stimulate growth in the Broad Street commercial corridor. The tenant partners will work together to improve the community’s access to fresh, high-quality food and health-related programs. On opening day, songs and chants by Mardi Gras Indians kicked off the morning that also included an address by Mayor Landrieu and a special announcement by Co-CEO Walter Robb about the launch of Whole Cities Foundation. Store features: over 330 local products, two Healthy Eating Educators, a self-serve gumbo bar, an Art-o-mat and more.
London, England (Fulham Broadway)
Opening date: 4/8/14
Store size: 22,000 square feet
Highlights: UK’s 9th store is full of “flavours”! Fulbrew coffee bar has organic coffee and organic milk and uses the “pour over” method (one cup at a time). The bakery has 40 different varieties of in-house bread, made using only organic, unbleached flours milled in Gloucestershire. The Broadway Kitchen and Bar serves fresh pasta, cheese toasties, in-house-made pickles and Spanish bar food – with over 100 British ales and beers available (four on draft). More: “Fill Your Flagon” station; N.Y.-style hand-tossed pizzas; a Pie Bar serving sweet and savory pies, tartlets and quiches; bulk frozen fruits and vegetables.
New Frontiers Acquisition
Acquisition date: 4/24/14
Average size: 22,000 square feet
Highlights: WFM expands its presence to new markets in Arizona and California with its acquisition of four New Frontiers Natural Marketplace stores in Flagstaff, Prescott and Sedona, AZ; and San Luis Obispo, CA. The stores will continue to operate under the New Frontiers Natural Marketplace banner until they are re-signed as Whole Foods Market stores.
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Honors and awards we've received
FORTUNE once again listed Whole Foods Market among its World's Most Admired Companies. For 2014 we came in at #20 on the overall list of 50 companies and were ranked in the top 10 for innovation, social responsibility, people management and product quality. This year we were the most admired retailer in the food and drug store category!
"Whether it's chicken from a local rancher a mile away, or bananas from across the globe, no other retailer has higher quality standards, knows more about where and how their products were produced, or provides more transparency to their shoppers." - WFM's Margaret Wittenberg
Grocer honored for community engagement and creativity on social media
Whole Foods Market's online magazine nominated for the second consecutive year
Whole Foods Market's Wittenberg honored into Hall of Legends at Natural Products Expo West for passion and legacy in natural, organic and healthy living industry