Whole Foods Market store to open on November 4 at Berkeley California

Second Berkeley location adds to company’s community giving and support efforts

Emeryville, Calif., 2014-7-23 — /EPR Retail News/ — A new 47,800 square-foot Whole Foods Market store will open on November 4 at 10th and Gilman Streets in Berkeley, California. This is the second Whole Foods Market location in Berkeley, and the 41st in the Northern California region.

Since the first Berkeley store opened in 1991, shoppers have helped drive more than half a million dollars in donations to community and global nonprofits through store programs like Five Percent Days, (where five percent of a day’s earnings are donated to a community partner) and Nickels for Nonprofits (where shoppers can donate their bring-your-own bag refunds to charity), as well as fund and food drives. Community recipients have included Berkeley Unified School District, Berkeley Food & Housing Project, Berkeley-East Bay Humane Society, The Ecology Center, The Edible Schoolyard, California Coastal Cleanup and City of Berkeley Parks & Recreation Department, among many others.

The company has named Jen Monaco as Store Team Leader. In this role, Monaco is in charge of general management and all store operations. She has worked for Whole Foods Market for 14 years, most recently as Store Team Leader at the Haight store on Stanyan Street in San Francisco. Monaco also has a background in art.

“What most excites me about this store is the community – it is family-focused, active in lifestyle and community, and conscious of health and responsible food systems,” said Monaco. “I believe with this new store, we can offer a new level of local support and compound the impact we’ve already had in Berkeley.”

Kristen Tantarelli will be the store’s Marketing Team Leader and the primary community liaison. Tantarelli will oversee local partnerships, sponsorships and charitable programs. Tantarelli joins the Gilman team from Whole Foods Market Davis, where she opened the store as Marketing Team Leader.

For updates on Whole Foods Market Gilman, customers can follow the store on Facebook at www.facebook.com/WFMGilman.