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Whole Foods Market® opens 54,000 square-feet store in Chicago’s Edgewater neighborhood

New location includes a wood-fired grill, ramen station and Red Star diner

CHICAGO, 2015-4-30 — /EPR Retail News/ — Whole Foods Market® (Nasdaq: WFM) opens its doors in Chicago’s Edgewater neighborhood, Wednesday, April 29 at 9 a.m. At over 54,000 square-feet, the store at 6009 N. Broadway is the fourth of seven Whole Foods Markets slated to open in the Chicagoland area during 2015, and the 23rd location in Chicagoland.

“We are thrilled to open a store in one of Chicago’s most diverse and vibrant neighborhoods,” says Macro Leon, Store Team Leader, Whole Foods Market Edgewater. “We’re so pleased to provide an everyday grocery solution for this neighborhood while also offering the culinary treasures shoppers have come to expect from Whole Foods Market.”

The new Whole Foods Market features a variety of beverage and prepared food options as well as classic Whole Foods Market favorites for shoppers to choose from. These include:

• Wood-fired grill – featuring citrus achiote, Peruvian, and chermoula chicken, carne asada, cilantro citrus marinated tilapia, and spicy garlic portabella mushrooms
• Ramen station – featuring barbeque flavors
• House-made naan and pita bread station
• Stir fry station featuring Pan Asian flavor profiles
• Cut to order pasta station with fresh specialty cheeses
• Red Star diner – with 24 beers on tap, including Evil Twin Brewing’s Mission Gose, Stone Brewing Company’s Russian Imperial Stout, Goose Island Beer Company’s Bourbon County Proprietors and Vanilla Rye, and Begyle Brewing’s Whole Foods Market exclusive, Edgewater American Pale Ale
• Broadway & Norwood Café area – featuring pasta and grilled cheese dishes along with a wide selection of wines by the glass
• In-house smoked cheese, a first in the Midwest region for Whole Foods Market

This location also includes a scratch bakery; in-house smoked meat and seafood; gelato, and over 900 beer offerings.

To celebrate opening day, Whole Foods Market will host its version of a ribbon cutting called a “Bread-Breaking Ceremony” with Whole Foods Market Team Members and Edgewater neighbors beginning at 8:45 a.m. Doors and shopping officially begin at 9 a.m. The first 500 customers through the doors will receive a Whole Foods Market Gift Card with a mystery value between $5 and $50. One customer will receive a $500 gift card.

Shoppers will be delighted by the bright, colorful and delicious Responsibly Grown Produce. Whole Foods Market recently launched a Responsibly Grown Produce rating system that uses well-regarded scientific input to rate produce and flowers as “Good,” “Better” or “Best.” The scientific input assesses growing practices that impact human health and the environment. This new system continues Whole Foods Market’s commitment to providing healthy, fresh food without the expense to nature.

This level of commitment and transparency extends into other departments as well. Whole Foods Market’s strict Quality Standards for food prohibits artificial colors, flavors, sweeteners and preservatives. Products on the shelves are evaluated on ingredients, but also ideology, philosophy, proper labeling and careful evaluation as part of a commitment made to customers to build a business with high standards that flow through all aspects of the company. These commitments include:

• Prepared Foods: The Prepared Foods Department’s grab-and-go meals and diverse food venues are all made with high quality natural and organic ingredients.
• Meat: All beef, pork, chicken and turkey in the Meat Department comes from farms that have achieved certification in the Global Animal Partnership’s 5-StepTM Animal Welfare Rating Program.
• Seafood: The Seafood Department has the highest Quality Standards for seafood in the business by working with scientists, fishermen, government agencies and environmental organizations such as the Marine Stewardship Council to gather information about aquaculture and wild-capture fisheries, ensuring customers can make the best environmental choices when purchasing seafood.

Whole Foods Market’s dedication to quality and service extends beyond the brick and mortar of the store.

“At Whole Foods Market, we are committed to serving communities holistically, working with local organizations long before opening day, and building meaningful long-term relationships,” adds Leon.

Whole Foods Market’s new store in the Edgewater, will also empower Team Members and customers to support local causes. In celebration of opening week, the store will hold five “Days of Community Giving,” where one percent of each day’s net sales will be donated to a Chicago-based organization including The Peterson Garden Project, The Jackalope Theatre, Friends of Senn High School, Felines and Canines, and Lakeside Pride Music Ensembles.

Another way Whole Foods Market supports the community is with the One Dime at a Time program. The program provides an incentive to customers who bring their own bags for shopping. At the register, customers will have the option to receive a 10-cent per bag refund as cash back off their receipt or they can choose to donate it to that month’s selected charity organization. Whole Foods Market Edgewater’s first One Dime at a Time recipient will be Friends of Swift Specialty School.


Whole Foods Market® opens 54,000 square-feet store in Chicago’s Edgewater neighborhood
Whole Foods Market® opens 54,000 square-feet store in Chicago’s Edgewater neighborhood
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