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New Haight-Ashbury Store

By Matthew Justice, June 2, 2011  |  Meet the Blogger  |  More Posts by Matthew Justice
Haight-Ashbury Whole Foods Market Store FrontOne of the benefits of being a team member here at the Austin, Texas headquarters of Whole Foods Market is getting a chance to attend a new store opening. For each new store, two of us are randomly selected to go.  I was lucky enough to attend the Haight-Ashbury store opening in San Francisco this past February. Our new Haight store is perfectly located at the tip of the historic Haight-Ashbury district and the western end of Golden Gate Park.  As we continue to add new stores, we keep an eye out for existing structures that will prevent us from having to build from scratch.   This location, previously occupied by Cala Market, was a great example of property re-use.  Also, with the Cala Market grocery closed, the community needed a grocery store to take its place and Whole Foods Market was a perfect fit.  The Haight-Ashbury area is lined with fun stores, shops and restaurants for most any interest, and still hangs on to its historical 1960's hippie roots. I hope you enjoy taking a tour of our Haight store through the pictures I took at the opening. The official "Bread Breaking" tradition that opens each new store, with members of the community, our Store Team Leader, and a recipient of our Local Producer Loan Program (Rustic Bakery). Community and Team Members Breaking Bread Upon entering the store you are greeted with this sign showing you the direction to popular San Francisco districts. Directional Sign showing San Francisco Neighborhoods One of our produce displays showing bananas, oranges, pineapples, tangerines, kiwi, mangoes and other colorful and fresh produce. Produce Counter On to our hot bar that features a rotating menu from day-to-day, as well as soup and other warm foods you can purchase by the pound. Hot Food Bar Here's the fresh salad bar, including all sorts of healthy eating items, such as: beans, grains, vegetables and some of our homemade salad dressings. Salad Bar Our fully-stocked cheese table, featuring local and foreign cheeses made with cow, goat and sheep milks. Cheese Table Our seafood and meat counters showing daily specials and giving you many choices of fresh or frozen, wild or farm-raised. Seafood Counter One of our team members in the Whole Body section, waiting to assist customers. Whole Body Team Member The store also has a full-service coffee, tea and kombucha bar attached to the bakery. Coffee and Kombucha Bar A small sampling of our bakery, including freshly made pastries, tarts, cookies and other baked goodies. Bakery at Haight-Ashbury Store Finally, at the end of your shopping experience here is one side of our checkout line.  One cool tidbit about this area of the store is that the floor (shown in the lower left corner) was made from recycled wood from a school gymnasium. Checkout Counter This is our 5th location in the San Francisco area and we are so appreciative of everyone who made this store opening a success.  Thank you Whole Foods Market for allowing me to be part of this great experience! To find events, specials, hours, directions and more, visit the dedicated Haight-Asbury store page for more information.
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Linda says ...
Was happy to see your new store in the Height! and that you have employed a hippy guy too.
06/02/2011 5:32:42 PM CDT
Louise says ...
Excellent description & photos! Makes me want to check it out :-)
06/02/2011 7:03:00 PM CDT
Andrea Zeng says ...
The dairy refrigeration area is seriously the most beautiful thing I have seen in a supermarket.
06/03/2011 12:33:31 AM CDT
Imee says ...
Awww haight st, my old stomping grounds.Can't wait to see the store live!
06/03/2011 2:15:15 PM CDT
Nessa Davis says ...
GREAT! Having that store there will give the neighbourhood a grocery store and keep the vagrants away from that end of the street! Thank you for getting it there, this was my old hood!
06/04/2011 1:54:06 PM CDT
J4M35 says ...
love the multicolored brick design wall!
06/04/2011 5:36:30 PM CDT
Eraca says ...
Live right around the corner and do 50% of my shopping at your location. "The Ham", Real Foods and Wendnesday farmers market at Waller and Stanyan are my other pit stops. But still love the the take out at Whole Foods on California St. the best ... Unless I'm hiking on Mount Tam then Mill Valley's WF is beyound compare!
08/11/2012 8:15:42 PM CDT
matt fuller says ...
Do you know which is smaller - the Whole Foods in Haight Ashbury or the Noe Valley location?
08/23/2012 2:05:05 PM CDT
Nikki - Community Moderator says ...
@MATT - According to the gross square footage for each location, it appears that the Noe Valley store is going to be a little smaller in size. Hope this helps!
08/23/2012 4:31:45 PM CDT
Mary Nolfi says ...
[DIRECT RESPONSE - NN] After looking through the Whole Foods website, I couldn't find information about your NEW Whole Food Stores. I did think that this would be a good place to ask a question about new locations. I was wondering when you will be opening the Palm Desert, CA location; and exactly where the location will be? I heard it through the grapevine that the location is at Town Center Way and Highway 111. Is that true? And how soon will it be under construction? Thanks a million for any information (anyone can provide) about a New Whole Foods Store in Palm Desert.
10/15/2012 7:00:00 PM CDT