Whole Foods Market announces the appointment of Nicole Wescoe as president, Northeast region

Whole Foods Market announces the appointment of Nicole Wescoe as president, Northeast region

24-year company veteran to oversee 41 stores in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut

ENGLEWOOD CLIFFS, N.J., 2018-Jan-09 — /EPR Retail News/ — Whole Foods Market is pleased to announce that Nicole Wescoe has been named president of the company’s Northeast region.

In her new role, Nicole will oversee 41 stores located across New York, New Jersey and Connecticut in addition to the East Coast’s first Whole Foods Market 365 store, opening in Brooklyn’s Fort Greene neighborhood in January, and a new Whole Foods Market in Bridgewater, N.J. opening in March.

“I am beyond excited to return to the Northeast to lead the region in partnership with our accomplished team,” said Wescoe. “The Northeast is a Whole Foods Market leader when it comes to operations and culinary innovation and the opportunity to build on that existing strength and elevate the customer experience in our stores is incredibly inspiring.”

With 24 years of experience at the company, Wescoe worked her way up from a team leader in the bakery, specialty and grocery departments at stores in the Mid-Atlantic region to associate store team leader and store team leader before relocating to the Northeast, where she spent six years as regional vice president. She returned to the Mid-Atlantic region in 2013 where she most recently served as regional vice president, overseeing 15 new stores, four relocations and 10 renovations during her leadership tenure in the two regions.

“Nicole is a strong leader with a deep passion for food and retail and proven track record of operational excellence, so I’m thrilled to welcome her back to the Northeast as she leads the region to an exciting new future,” said Christina Minardi, executive vice president of operations at Whole Foods Market.

Nicole is an avid food and cooking enthusiast and her volunteer work with the Adopt a Goat program inspired a personal interest in goat farming. She is based at the Whole Foods Market Northeast office in Englewood Cliffs, N.J.

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Whole Foods Market promotes Christina Minardi to EVP of operation

Whole Foods Market promotes Christina Minardi to EVP of operation


Austin, Texas, 2017-Nov-21 — /EPR Retail News/ — Whole Foods Market today (Nov. 17, 2017) announced that Christina Minardi has been promoted to executive vice president of operations, joining the executive leadership team effective immediately. Minardi previously served as the Northeast regional president, overseeing 40 stores in three states.

In her new role, Minardi will lead four regions while co-leading the integration with Amazon, re-imagining the customer experience and driving e-commerce initiatives, among other key store and regional programs.

“I’m thrilled to welcome Christina to the leadership team and I look forward to working with her to build an exciting future,” said Whole Foods Market CEO and co-founder John Mackey. “I know she will be an integral part of building our relationship with Amazon and helping drive our shopper experience”

Since joining Whole Foods Market in 1995, Minardi has forged a path in retail and culinary excellence. She has built a remarkable leadership team while operating some of the highest-volume stores in the most unique and demanding areas of metro New York. In addition, Minardi was recognized by FORTUNE magazine as one of the “Most Innovative Women in Food and Drink.”

In this newly created position, Minardi will join Ken Meyer and David Lannon as the third executive vice president of operations.



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Whole Foods Market announces new Whole Foods Market 365 store in Weehawken, New Jersey

ENGLEWOOD CLIFFS, N.J., 2017-Jul-02 — /EPR Retail News/ — Whole Foods Market announced it has signed a new lease for a Whole Foods Market 365 store in Weehawken, New Jersey. This will be the first Whole Foods Market 365 location in New Jersey. The news was announced this morning during a groundbreaking ceremony in Lincoln Harbor at the corner of Waterfront Terrace and Riverview Drive.

“We are excited to announce that our region’s second Whole Foods Market 365 store will be located in Hudson County,” said Christina Minardi, president of Whole Foods Market’s Northeast Region. “Our 365 stores deliver the same quality that our customers have come to expect, but in a convenient and fun new format that provides exceptional value.”

The retailer announced earlier this year that it had signed its first New York 365 store lease in Fort Greene, Brooklyn.

Whole Foods Market 365 stores focus on an affordable and convenient shopping experience through design, technology and customer experience. The carefully curated product selection at Whole Foods Market 365 stores provides a streamlined and modern experience, while still adhering to Whole Foods Market’s industry-leading quality standards.

Customers can also look forward to unique in-store experiences with the “Friends of 365” program, and the free 365 Rewards program to save even more.

For more, visit the Whole Foods Market 365 website, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

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Whole Foods Market opens new location in Newark, New Jersey

Newark, N.J., 2017-Mar-06 — /EPR Retail News/ — Whole Foods Market, America’s Healthiest Grocery store®, will celebrate the opening of its much anticipated Newark, New Jersey, location on Wednesday, March 1. The 29,000-square-foot store is located in the recently renovated Hahne and Company building at 633 Broad St. in the city’s Central Ward.

Opening day will feature samplings, sales, and more. Festivities will begin at 8:30 a.m., with a bread-breaking ceremony and remarks from Mayor Ras Baraka, company leaders and representatives from Whole Cities Foundation.  Doors will open at 9 a.m.

“It’s long been the belief of Whole Foods Market that each and every community deserves access to fresh and healthy food,” said Christina Minardi, president of Whole Foods Market’s Northeast Region. “When we had the opportunity to open a store in Newark, we knew that we wanted to build long-lasting and powerful relationships with our neighbors, community organizations and local partners. We are proud to now call Newark home and look forward to expanding our local partnerships and delivering the highest quality food and service to the community.”

The store is Whole Foods Market’s third location in Essex County and its 17th in New Jersey. The store will create 145 new jobs for the Newark community.

In an effort to increase access to fresh, healthy food in Newark, local organizations were invited to apply for Whole Cities Foundation’s Fresh, Healthy Food Access Grant. After reviewing applications, 11 Newark-based organizations were selected to receive grants ranging from $5,000 to $15,000. Each recipient’s work helps strengthen the local food system and supports community self-sufficiency and self-determination. Grant recipients include:

Al’Maidah Organic Community Garden – Aldine Street Community Garden –

Bedrock Gardening Solutions – Center for Court Innovation – Elegant Bouquet Kitchen Project, Garden of Worker Bees – International Youth Organization –

Newark Science and Sustainability –

Planting Seeds of Hope – Rabbit Hole Farm – Unified Vailsburg Services Organization

“The opening of a Whole Foods Market in our historic Hahne and Company Building is a significant event for our City, as it addresses so many of the goals that we are working to achieve,” said Newark Mayor Ras Baraka. “The store will provide nearly 150 jobs, enhance the luster of our downtown for tourism and business, help bring a great building back to life, empower local organizations like AeroFarms and GlassRoots, and most importantly, bring new and healthier eating choices to residents, workers, and visitors alike, improving the overall public health of Newark. This is more than the opening of a supermarket. This is a day that defines to the world the excellence of Newark in many ways and demonstrates our resurgence and transformation. I congratulate the entire Whole Foods team on today’s opening.”

Additionally, select vendors have committed to donating a portion of sales from nearly 800 products during the first two weeks of the opening to Whole Cities Foundation, which will support community healthy-eating initiatives and education in Newark.

What’s in store?

Shoppers will see a variety of familiar local brands and items throughout the store:

  • Delicious treats from Newark’s own Bean Pie Café, Viera’s Bakery, and Keeping You Sweet in the store’s bakery department
  • Fresh salad greens from AeroFarms, the world’s largest vertical farm, which is based in the city
  • Specialty items, like the Antonio Mozzarella Factory’s Oaxaca cheese, and coffee from T.M. Ward Coffee, a local favorite since 1869
  • Jewelry from Aspiring Artists of the Earth, and hand-blown glass housewares from GlassRoots, including a “Newark Made” collection sold exclusively at the store.

In addition to these local vendors, the store is continuously seeking new community partners and vendors. Newark-area businesses that would like to become a potential vendor partners should contact newark.community@wholefoods.com.

The prepared foods department makes Whole Foods Market Newark an ideal dining destination for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The store will offer wide variety of chef made creations including: soups, sandwiches, sushi, and rotating seasonal and international cuisine featured on the store’s salad and hot bar. Additionally, the department has developed concepts unique to this location including: Rita’s Cocina, a Peruvian inspired offering, a New Jersey bakery-style pizza station and a venue offering unique twists on classic hot dogs.

The store will also boast all the features that shoppers have come to expect from Whole Foods Market: high-quality meat free of antibiotics and added hormones; sustainably sourced seafood; the finest selection of artisan-produced, hand-cut cheeses sourced locally and from around the world; a wide selection of premium personal care and beauty items in the Whole Body department; an on-site floral department, and much more.

For more announcements from Whole Foods Market, visit media.wholefoodsmarket.com.


Whole Foods Market Newark
633 Broad Street
Newark, NJ 07102
Store Hours: 7 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Phone Number: (973) 755-5080

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Whole Foods Market announces Tri-State area’s first 365 by Whole Foods Market location in Brooklyn

AUSTIN, Texas, 2017-Jan-23 — /EPR Retail News/ — Whole Foods Market announced today (Jan. 20, 2017) that the Tri-State area’s first 365 by Whole Foods Market location will be in Brooklyn.

“365 is all about quality, value and convenience,” said Jeff Turnas, president of 365 by Whole Foods Market. “We’re thrilled to bring our fresh new format to shoppers in Brooklyn.”

The store will be located at 300 Ashland Place, in the heart of the Brooklyn Cultural District. The store’s opening date has not been set.

“We are so excited to bring the area’s first 365 store to Brooklyn,” said Christina Minardi, president of Whole Foods Market Northeast Region. “We opened our first Whole Foods Market store in the city in 2001, and our first Brooklyn store opened in 2013. Now we can’t wait to introduce our new store concept to Brooklynites.”

The first three 365 by Whole Foods Market stores—Silver Lake, Bellevue and Lake Oswego— opened in 2016. 365 currently has 23 store leases in development. The next 365 by Whole Foods Market store is set to open in April 2017 in Cedar Park, Texas.

Whole Foods Market’s 11th New York City store will open this month at 1095 Avenue of the Americas in Manhattan.


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Whole Foods Market will host 5 percent Community Giving Day to benefit GrowNYC’s Project Farmhouse on Jan.5, 2016

Fundraiser at all nine Whole Foods Market NYC locations on Jan. 5 to benefit GrowNYC’s Project Farmhouse

NEW YORK, 2016-1-4 — /EPR Retail News/ — Whole Foods Market, America’s Healthiest Grocery Store, will host a 5 percent Community Giving Day to benefit environmental organization GrowNYC. On Tuesday, Jan.5, 5 percent of sales from all nine Whole Foods Market New York City locations will be donated to support GrowNYC’s Project Farmhouse—a new education center focused on sustainability, which will open to the general public in summer 2016.

GrowNYC staff and volunteers will be at each Whole Foods Market location from 11a.m. to 3 p.m., educating the public about their work to provide all New Yorkers with a suite of tools and services they can use to improve quality of life, the environment and Project Farmhouse.

Project Farmhouse will be an international center for learning and exploration, opening in 2016. Imagine a central location for environmentally themed film festivals, panel discussions, cooking classes, conferences and more. With the project, GrowNYC will have a permanent, public home where it can serve all New Yorkers. Project Farmhouse will create community for all ages around a range of free and affordable workshops, exhibits, hands-on youth education and special events. Located in Union Square, near the Hyatt Hotel, Project Farmhouse will be a place to explore environmental issues through the lens of food, horticulture, arts, recycling, cooking, and more.

“At Whole Foods Market, we proudly share in GrowNYC’s belief that the entire New York City community will benefit greatly from Project Farmhouse – a place where everyone can come and learn about healthy eating, local food sourcing, renewable energy, composting and beyond,” said Christina Minardi, president of Whole Foods Market’s Northeast Region. “GrowNYC is a vital resource to the city, through the operation of their Greenmarkets, community projects and sustainability advocacy. We’re proud to be a supporter and partner of this fantastic organization.”

GrowNYC is more than halfway to its fundraising goal of $750,000; the amount needed to build out the space and cover the first year of programming. Whole Foods Market’s citywide 5 percent community giving days, which are hosted at all nine New York City locations, typically raise more than $80,000 for their beneficiaries.

“Our staff is out every day working alongside residents – organizing 53 Greenmarkets, including our iconic Union Square Greenmarket, building community and school gardens, helping all New Yorkers recycle more including through compost collections at Greenmarkets and hands-on education programs for all ages,” said GrowNYC Executive Director Marcel Van Ooyen. “Project Farmhouse is our dream. Whole Foods Market is helping us open the doors to provide  more free tools, services, and education that even more residents can take advantage of to improve their lives and others!”

Project Farmhouse is supported by the following generous donors: Victoria Contino, Robert J. Kafin, Liz Neumark, Karen E. Meara, TD Bank, Whole Foods Market, Pratt Industries, JetBlue, New York Community Trust (Himelberg Fund, Colin Gardner Fund), Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer, New York City Council Member Rosie Mendez, Interbrand, Eugene Schneur, Charles Ramat, The Durst Organization, The Caliban Foundation, The Lucius N. Littauer Foundation, Breville USA, Joann Makovitzky, One Five Hospitality, Bridgewood Fieldwater Foundation and Gotham Bar and Grill, Band Foundation.

Visit projectfarmhouse.org to learn more.

For more information about Whole Foods Market, please visit www.wfm.com, or visit them on Facebook or Instagram/Twitter

GrowNYC is the sustainability resource for New Yorkers: providing free tools and services anyone can use in order to improve our city and environment. More gardens, greenmarkets, more recycling, and education for all. Learn more at www.grownyc.org

Whole Foods Market Locations:
Bowery – 95 East Houston St
Chelsea – 250 7th avenue
Columbus Circle – 10 Columbus Circle –Time Warner Center: Lower Level
Midtown East – 226 East 57th Street
Union Square – 4 Union Square South
Upper East Side – 1551 3rd Ave
Upper West Side – 808 Columbus Avenue
Third and 3rd (Brooklyn) – 214 3rd Street
Tribeca – 270 Greenwich Street


Christina Minardi
President – Northeast Region
Christina Minardi was born in Patterson, New Jersey and grew up in a bakery that has been run by her family since 1927.

Whole Foods Market to open store in Brighton, N.Y. as part of a new Daniele Family development

Whole Foods Market announced today its plans to open a 55,000-square-foot store in Brighton, N.Y., as part of a new Daniele Family development

BRIGHTON, N.Y., 2015-5-7 — /EPR Retail News/ — Whole Foods Market’s first store in the Rochester area will be located on Monroe Avenue off Interstate 590.  Expected to open in 2017, it will join Whole Foods Market’s future location in Amherst, N.Y. (Buffalo-area), as the company’s first locations in western New York.

“We’re thrilled to announce this future store and our joining of the greater Rochester community” said Christina Minardi, Northeast Region president for Whole Foods Market. “As we continue to expand our presence throughout Upstate New York, following our recent opening in Albany, and our forthcoming store in Buffalo, we’re excited to bring our unrivaled quality standards to the Rochester area, where we hope to foster great relationships with local vendors, add valuable career opportunities to the community and serve as a partner for local nonprofit organizations.”

The store will be part of a redevelopment that will include other exciting shopping options. In addition, the shopping center will serve as a beacon for environmental stewardship with features, including: dedicated electric vehicle charging stations, pedestrian and bike-friendly access, parking dedicated for low emissions and car pool vehicles, along with sustainable building practices, including the reuse of building materials from the Clover Lanes Bowling center.

The Daniele Family, who own and operate Mario’s and Bazil Restaurants, The Royal Car Washes, and Southpoint Marina, have submitted an application to the Town of Brighton to redevelop the site, which is currently under consideration.

“Mario’s and Clover Lanes will remain open for business into 2016,” said Anthony Daniele, developer and partner in the family’s businesses. “Mario’s is looking to relocate in the same general vicinity, and our family is committed to making this project a success and contributing to making this area a beautiful and vibrant shopping destination.”

“We are excited to present this project, and its traffic improvements, to the Town of Brighton. We believe it will redefine this important corridor and bring a revitalization to a segmented portion of Monroe Avenue,” Danny and Anthony Daniele said.

Whole Foods Market Contact: 
Michael Sinatra – michael.sinatra@wholefoods.com  – 551-574-8031

Developer Contact:
Danny J. Daniele – djd@danielefamily.com – 585-703-3849
Anthony J Daniele – ajd@danielefamily.com  – 585-943-4055