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One of Our Hidden Gems: Yonkers in New York

With over 340 stores (and counting!), we’ve got a lot of hidden gems out there. Get the story behind the store in this eight-store series. Maybe your local store will be featured next!

Read on to find out how you could win a $50 gift card to Whole Foods Market®. UPDATE: Thanks to everyone that entered. Congratulations to our randomly chosen winner, Belinda A.!

Today we’re talking with Doreen Nardone, the Marketing Team Leader at the Yonkers store in New York.

What’s the best-kept secret at your store?

By far it’s our Limited Time Only ‘deep discounted’ items on Thursdays and Fridays. The deals this week are 50% off Applegate Oven Roasted Turkey on Thursday, March 28th and get 50% off a growler filled with local Captain Lawrence IPA Beer on Friday, March 29th. The sales are good only from 5pm to 9pm on their respective days…be sure and visit us!

What’s the tastiest dish in your store right now?

Our new burrito bar offers the tastiest vegan burrito in town! Handmade burritos, crispy tacos and salads made with Beyond Meat™, a savory plant-based protein option with a kick. Try the burrito stuffed with fresh guacamole and pico de gallo salsa — yummy!

What’s the most popular local product your store carries?

We feature two amazing freshly baked breads from local New Hot Bread Kitchen. The Multi Grain and Toasted Walnut Raisin are our customers’ faves. Stop in anytime and ask a Team Member for a sample!

Got any behind-the-curtain surprises you can share?

We donate over 700 lbs. of food to local shelters and food banks each week in partnership with The Food Bank for Westchester and County Harvest — both are nonprofit food rescue organizations serving Westchester County, New York.  Each organization alternates pick up dates — it works out great for everyone!

Tell us about one rock star Team Member.

By far this would be our Front End Supervisor, Nathan. In addition to offering our customers outstanding service, Nathan heads up our safety program in the store insuring the safest environment for our customers and Team Members. To support and encourage a healthier lifestyle, Nathan also organizes monthly hikes in nearby parks for our Team Members.

What’s the annual don’t-miss event at your store?

Our annual Storewide Easter Egg Scavenger Hunt and Natural Egg Coloring Event for kids! Kids and parents are always amazed at how they can color eggs using vegetables — beets for red, kale for green, onions for yellow! 

Join us this year TODAY, Wednesday, March 27 at 4:30pm. You can find more fun store events on our online calendar.

Whatcha got going on with local schools or non-profits?

We are proud to sponsor an organic vegetable and organic garden every year at the Greenburgh Nature Center in Scarsdale, New York.  Our team members volunteer every Wednesday and work together with the staff at Greenburgh Nature Center. We celebrate the harvest in August and share a meal using all the wonderful vegetables from the garden.

How does your store kick back?

We feature fun and educational films bi-monthly in our café! Again, check out our events calendar for March and April events.

What special service do you offer that every customer should know about?

Our parking validation for sure. It’s FREE two ways: their first 90 minutes with a $10 purchase or a 2 hour validation if you spend $100.

Now that you know what makes our Yonkers store shine in New York – tell us: what makes your local store a hidden gem?

Share your comment below by Sunday, March 31 and you’ll be entered to win a $50 Whole Foods Market gift card. Enter once on each “hidden gems” blog post, running from March 20 – March 29, for more chances to win.

The fine print: No purchase necessary. Promotion ends 3/31/13, 11:59 PM CDT. Must be a legal resident of the US or Canada (except in Quebec, where it is void) age 18 or older to participate. Taxes on prize, if applicable, are the responsibility of the winner. Employees of Whole Foods Market, Inc., are not eligible. Void where prohibited.