Whole Foods Market opens new store in Eugene, Oregon

EUGENE, Ore., 2016-Sep-28 — /EPR Retail News/ — Whole Foods Market will open its doors in Eugene, Oregon on Wednesday, Sept. 28. The 36,750-square-foot store, located in downtown Eugene, is the first Whole Foods Market in Lane County and the ninth location in Oregon.

The store will host a bread-breaking ceremony at 8:30 a.m. Eugene Mayor Kitty Piercy and David Hauser, President and CEO of the Eugene Chamber of Commerce, will join Whole Foods Market regional leaders, local suppliers and community partners to welcome shoppers. Doors open and shopping begins at 9 a.m.

“Long before we ever broke ground, we spent years working with members of this community and have known for quite some time that Eugene would be a wonderful home for a Whole Foods Market store,” said Joe Rogoff, president of Whole Foods Market’s Pacific Northwest Region. “Since we opened our first store in the Northwest in 1999, we’ve been sourcing local products from across Lane County and sharing them with our customers. We are grateful for the welcome we’ve received, paving the way for meaningful partnerships with area schools, producers and community organizations. It is through this important work, and listening to the community who has generously shared their perspective, we’ve been able to create a store experience that reflects what Eugene area residents tell us they want and need. We look forward to serving the people of Lane County.”

Located at 355 E. Broadway, the new store will provide an unmatched selection of high quality natural and organic goods, as well as a wide variety of locally sourced products and delicious dining options. Shoppers visiting the new Eugene Whole Foods Market can look forward to:

  • The Last Leg is a pizza eatery serving Northwest wine, beer and cider. Pizzas are made fresh daily, using organic dough and only the freshest and highest quality options. With seating for eight at the bar, The Last Leg has seven taps featuring local beer and cider including Hop Valley Experimental Fresh Hop Pale Ale (Eugene), Oakshire Brewing Pineapple Galaxy IPA (Eugene), Falling Sky Retrograde Red Ale (Eugene), Plough Monday Imperial Stout (Veneta, Ore.), Claim 52 Brewing Kolsch (Eugene), Sam Brown Filbert Brown (Eugene) and Wildcraft Cider Works Mirabell Plum Cider (Eugene).
  • Whole Foods Market has partnered with Eugene coffee roaster Wandering Goat Coffee Co. to run a full-service coffee cart inside the store, offering shoppers fresh-brewed coffee and espresso drinks, made with all-organic milk.
  • The Eugene store is the first Whole Foods Market location to have an Ellenos Real Greek Yogurt Bar. This Northwest-based Greek yogurt maker has developed something of a cult following for its handcrafted, creamy yogurt made from the freshest, seasonal ingredients. The company is also a Whole Foods Market Local Producer Loan Program recipient.
  • Local product offerings. On top of the more than 500 local products that shoppers already find in all Whole Foods Market stores in Oregon, products from 40 new Oregon-based vendors were added as a result of Whole Foods Market’s local producer fair held in April 2016. New local products include LaBrang Tea Traders and Pasta Gardner. The store will host a series of local vendor fairs during October, allowing Whole Foods Market shoppers the opportunity to meet the hardworking food producers who are selling their products in stores.
  • Partnerships with area colleges and universities that will create extra savings for students at the University of Oregon and Lane County Community College. Every Tuesday through the duration of the school year, students with a valid school ID will benefit from a 10 percent discount.
  • Top-notch customer service: 100 new team members were hired for this store, many from the local Eugene community and surrounding areas
  • Organic and Non-GMO verified choices. Clearly labeled products enable shoppers who want to know which foods are made without GMOs to do so. All 365 Everyday Value® food products are enrolled in the Non-GMO Project.

As part of Whole Foods Market’s commitment to serving every community where it does business, the store’s Team Members will present a $2,000 check to the Willamette Farm and Food Coalition.

Whole Kids Foundation, a nonprofit founded by Whole Foods Market, announced two Eugene schools as recipients of 2016 Garden Grants earlier this year: Prairie Mountain School and Stepping Stones. This brings the total to five Eugene K-12 school organizations that have received Whole Kids Foundation Garden Grants since the program began in 2011. Created in partnership with FoodCorps, the Garden Grant program provides a $2,000 monetary grant to each school to support an edible educational garden. Other garden grant recipients include Edison Elementary in 2015, The Village School in 2014, and Eugene 4J School District in 2012.

Shoppers visiting Whole Foods Market’s Eugene store can look forward to a full-service experience:

  • Quality Standards and Selection in the Meat Department – All products in the full-service meat department come from animals raised without antibiotics or added growth hormones. Whole Foods Market’s animal welfare standards are industry leading and include the Global Animal Partnership’s (GAP) 5-Step Animal Welfare Rating Standards. Whole Foods Market’s Eugene store is proud to offer beef from Country Natural Co-Op ranchers.
  • An Industry-leading Seafood Team – Whole Foods Market’s quality standards for seafood lead the industry. All of the wild-caught seafood is certified sustainable by the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) or rated either a green or yellow by the Monterey Bay Aquarium and The Sarafina Center. The seafood department takes the hassle out of prepping seafood, and our in-store fishmongers will fillet whole fish, skin and debone fish, peel and devein shrimp, shuck oysters and, with 48 hours’ notice, smoke fish per customers’ requests. Whole Foods Market sources seafood from Northwest producers including Harmony Seafood, Lummi Island Wild, SeaBear, and Gerard and Dominique.
  • Highest Quality Produce – The Produce department offers locally sourced produce from growers such as Groundworks, Springhill, Redneck, Siri+Sons, Mustard Seed, Denison, Whitewater Ranch and Cascade Pacific Farms.
  • Prepared Foods Galore – A wide range of grab-and-go meal options will be available daily, including a taqueria venue, signature and made-to-order sandwiches and a self-service pizza station. A rotating hot bar, and a salad bar with plenty of organic vegetables and fresh-cut fruit makes mealtime decisions quick and convenient. Everything made and sold by our prepared foods team complies with our ingredient standards.
  • Bakery Department – One of the highlights of the new Eugene store is the bakery department, featuring local products including Shepard’s Grain flour. Sandwich bread and bagels will be made in-house daily. Shoppers can find handmade artisan bread from Eugene-based Metropol Bakery.
  • Specialty Department – Shoppers can find the finest local and organic artisan cheeses, a wide variety of pickles, olives, pates, fresh pastas, dips and nitrate-free cured meats. The Specialty department has sourced some of the finest cheeses from the region, including selections from Rogue Creamery, Willamette Valley and River’s Edge.
  • All Cage-free Eggs – Whole Foods Market has made a commitment to sell eggs that come from cage-free hens and will carry local, organic eggs from Deck Family Farms.
  • Food Rescue – Food for Lane County and Whole Foods Market will work together to collect and distribute food to Lane County food banks.
  • Whole Foods Market 5 Percent Days — To celebrate the Eugene store opening, Whole Foods Market has committed to a series of eight 5 Percent Days, with 5 percent of that day’s net sales going to a local 501(c) 3 nonprofit organization or community partner. The first 5 Percent Day will be on Wednesday, October 5, with proceeds going to Food for Lane County. Additional 5 Percent Days include:
    • Prairie Mountain School on October 12
    • Eugene Mission on October 19
    • The Village School on October 26
    • Greenhill Humane Society on November 2
    • Edison Elementary on November 9
    • Edison Elementary on November 16
    • The Stepping Stone on November 23

Store Information

Hours: Open daily from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Location: 353 E. Broadway, Eugene, Ore.

Store Telephone: 541-434-8820

Web site: www.wholefoodsmarket.com/stores/eugene

Contact:

Ann Marie Ricard
annmarie.ricard@curatorpr.com

Susan Livingston
susan.livingston@wholefoods.com

425.457.0090 (mobile)

Source: Whole Foods Market

Whole Foods Market to open a store in Kirkland its 12th Washington location scheduled to open in 2017

Company’s 12th Washington store scheduled to open in 2017

BELLEVUE, Wash., 2015-7-30 — /EPR Retail News/ — Whole Foods Market announced plans today to open a store in Kirkland, which will be the company’s 12th Washington location.

There are currently eight Whole Foods Market stores in Washington, with stores in development in the Capitol Hill neighborhood in Seattle, West Seattle and Bellingham.  The Kirkland store will be 40,000 square feet and will be located in the mixed-use development at I-405 and NE 124th Street (formerly Totem Lake Malls). It is anticipated to open in the summer of 2017, and will be the first Whole Foods Market in Kirkland.

In addition to temporary construction jobs, the Kirkland Whole Foods Market will create an estimated 150 long-term jobs in the community.

“We’re so excited to be joining the community in Kirkland, and we look forward to sharing our mission and values with our new neighbors,” said Joe Rogoff, president of Whole Foods Market’s Pacific Northwest Region. “Creating jobs, supporting local producers and finding opportunities to partner with area schools and nonprofits are core to our philosophy and practices, and we’re eager to begin this work in Kirkland. In the next few months, we’ll be working very closely with the people of Kirkland to design a store experience that reflects the needs of the community.”

The developer for the project, CenterCal Properties, is a California-based retail development company that has been commissioned for the redevelopment of The Village at Totem Lake.

“Whole Foods Market will be a tremendous addition. The quality offering of Whole Foods Market will complement the redeveloped 800,000-square-foot project,” said Jean Paul Wardy, president of CenterCal Properties. “The Village at Totem Lake, a walkable, mixed-use community, will also include a theatre, residential, office and retail to serve the needs of this wonderful trade area.”

The new store will provide Kirkland shoppers with a community butcher, fishmonger, baker and a team of chefs creating prepared takeout meals, all under one roof.

Shoppers can look forward to fresh, organic fruits and vegetables, specialty items, high-quality meats and poultry, everyday pantry staples and sustainable seafood. The scratch bakery will provide a variety of breads and pastries made fresh daily, and the prepared foods department offers options for lunch, as well as quick meals for dinner.

Whole Foods Market has been ranked on FORTUNE magazine’s list of “100 Best Companies to Work For” in America since the list began in 1998. The company’s quality standards are outlined online at www.wholefoodsmarket.com.

###

Whole Foods Market to open a store in Kirkland its 12th Washington location scheduled to open in 2017

Whole Foods Market to open a store in Kirkland its 12th Washington location scheduled to open in 2017

Whole Foods Market opens its doors in University Place its first store in Pierce County and the eighth location in Washington

Team members to present check to Emergency Food Network as part of grand opening

UNIVERSITY PLACE, Wash., 2015-5-7 — /EPR Retail News/ —Whole Foods Market will open its doors in University Place, Washington, on Thursday, May 7. This is the first Whole Foods Market store in Pierce County, and the eighth location in Washington.

To celebrate the grand opening, Whole Foods Market will host a bread-breaking ceremony at 8:30 a.m. University Place Mayor Denise McCluskey and Tacoma-Pierce County Chamber Member Tom Pearson will join Whole Foods Market regional leadership, local suppliers and community partners to break a 4-foot-long loaf of challah bread and welcome shoppers to the neighborhood’s new shopping destination. Doors open at 9 a.m.

“We’re thrilled to be opening our first store in Pierce County, and we’re very grateful for the warm welcome we’ve received from the community,” said Joe Rogoff, president of Whole Foods Market’s Pacific Northwest Region. “We took time to meet with people and listen to what this community needs, and we’ve worked hard to design a store that reflects that. I think shoppers will agree that this store was worth the wait.”

Located at 3515 Bridgeport Way W., in the Village at Chambers Bay, the new store will serve as a gathering place for local residents and will provide an unmatched selection of high quality natural and organic goods, as well as a wide variety of locally sourced products and delicious dining options. Select store highlights include:

• The Lumberyard, a made-in-house, wood-fired pizza eatery, offering a full menu with antipasti, salads, thin crust and deep dish signature pizzas, vegan pizzas, baked pastas and desserts. Wheat free, rice crust pizza dough is also available upon request. People can enjoy wines by the bottle, or choose from 10 beers on tap, including local brews, as well as ginger beer and cider. With seating for 29, customers can dine in or order pizzas and more to go.
• Top local brewers collaborated with Whole Foods Market team members to introduce a highly curated set of beers exclusively available at the Chambers Bay store. These include a Wingman Black Currant Saison, Narrows Diver Down IPA and an English-style IPA from 7 Seas. In addition, Whole Foods Market’s Chambers Bay store is the only retail partner selling the Chambers Bay Summer Open Ale from Harmon Brewing. Beer enthusiasts can follow the changing selections via the TapHunter app.
• A covered patio with seating for 50 around a cozy indoor/outdoor fireplace.
• A custom-ordered fish fry basket in the seafood department, made with beer batter from a brew specially created by Narrows Brewing for the Chambers Bay store.
• A custom burger bar in the meat department, allowing shoppers to order their own stuffed burger creations.
• A community art installation, created by students at Curtis High School, will greet shoppers as they approach the store.
• Abundant storefront parking, in addition to convenient under-store parking directly off of Drexler Drive.

The first 75 visitors to the store on May 7 will receive a Whole Foods Market gift card with a mystery value between $10 and $100. Gift cards will be distributed starting at 6:30 a.m. Grand opening festivities will also include free coffee and live music from the Curtis High School Pep Band.

As part of Whole Foods Market’s commitment to serving the communities where it does business, Whole Foods Market Chambers Bay team members will present a check to the Emergency Food Network, with contributions from a “Friends and Family Sneak Peek” event held the evening of Tuesday, May 5. In addition to proceeds from shoppers that evening, Whole Foods Market is contributing a matching donation up to $2,000.

Additionally, CB’s Nuts, a small batch nut roaster in Kingston, Washington, will be presented with an $80,000 Local Producer Loan during the grand opening events. Since 2006, Whole Foods Market’s Local Producer Loan Program has loaned more than $16 million in low-interest loans to local and independent food producers.

Shoppers visiting Whole Foods Market Chambers Bay store can look forward to:

• Prepared Foods – A wide range of grab-and-go-meal options, including a taqueria, signature and made-to-order sandwiches, teriyaki bowls and a selection of Asian entrée choices, will be available daily. A rotating hot bar, a salad bar with plenty of organic vegetables and fresh-cut fruit, and 10 fresh soup options will make mealtime decisions quick and convenient.
The prepared foods department exclusively uses organic or Non-GMO Verified chicken, as well as cage-free eggs, and non-GMO canola oil in all house-made dishes.
• Highest Quality Produce and Floral – All of the produce and flowers sold in the store meet the company’s Responsibly Grown Produce rating system, supporting the store’s commitment to quality, human health and the environment. A highlight in this department is cold-pressed juices made fresh daily.
• Coffee Bar  – Customers can enjoy fresh-brewed coffee and custom espresso beverages daily from Allegro®.
• Juice Bar – Freshly made-to-order smoothies and juices use local and organic produce. Shoppers can also order from a selection of Vega smoothies, with blends inspired by South Sound destinations.
• Meat – All products in the full-service meat department come from animals that are raised without antibiotics or added growth hormones. Whole Foods Market’s Animal Welfare standards are industry leading and include the Global Animal Partnership’s (GAP) 5-Step Animal Welfare Rating standards.

• Seafood – Whole Foods Market’s quality standards for seafood lead the industry. All wild-caught seafood sold in the seafood department is certified sustainable by the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) or rated by The Safina Center and Monterey Bay Aquarium (MBA). One of the most unique fixtures in the department is a bivalve shellfish tank, which has a filtration system that keeps shellfish fresh. A special item to shop for is the pre-soaked cedar plank featuring flavors such as bourbon, brandy, red and white wine, and hard apple cider.
• Artisan Bakery – The bakery department offers artisan breads, custom cakes, and an assortment of sweet and savory baked goods baked in house daily, and all without the use of artificial flavors, colors or preservatives. The bakery uses only cage-free eggs from Steibrs Farm in Yelm, and sources Northwest ingredients such as Shepherd’s Grain non-GMO flour, and dairy from Washington. A filled-to-order cannoli station offers chocolate, toasted almond, raspberry pistachio, and orange cardamom fillings.
• Specialty – Whole Foods Market Chambers Bay has a selection of more than 70 beers, curated specifically for this store. Shoppers can talk with wine experts to find the right wine from around the globe, or pick from one of 200 Washington wines. And with a selection of more than 300 different cheeses, there is something to suit everyone’s taste.
• Whole Body – There are more than 50 ingredients found in conventional body care products that are not allowed in any body care products Whole Foods Market sells. A unique experience in Whole Body is the aroma therapy center.
• Store Tours – The store offers shopping tours tailored to address special diets, including plant-based diets and food allergies. Private tours for organizations, such as schools and senior centers, can be arranged by request. These tours will kick off on Thursday, May 14, at 10 a.m.
• Whole Foods Market 5 percent days — Four times a year, Whole Foods Market commits one day on which 5 percent of the day’s net sales is contributed to a local nonprofit organization. The first 5 percent day at Chambers Bay will be Thursday, July 2, for the Tacoma Farmers Market.

Store Information
Hours: Open daily from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.; coffee and juice bar opens at 6 a.m. daily.
Location: 3515 Bridgeport Way W., University Place, WA 98466
Store Telephone: (253-534-4500) / Lumberyard Telephone: (253-534-4505)
Web site: http://www.wholefoodsmarket.com/stores/chambersbay
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/WFMchambersbay
Twitter: http://twitter.com/WFMchambersbay
Instagram: http://instagram.com/wfmchambersbay

 

###

Whole Foods Market opens its doors in University Place its first store in Pierce County and the eighth location in Washington

Whole Foods Market’s Chambers Bay store in University Place, Washington

Whole Foods Market and American Homestead Natural Pork launch Non-GMO Project Verified™ fresh pork program at Whole Foods Market stores in Oregon and Washington

Austin, TX, 2015-2-16 — /EPR Retail News/ — Whole Foods Market has teamed up with longtime supplier partner American Homestead Natural Pork to launch the first large-scale Non-GMO Project Verified™ fresh pork program at Whole Foods Market stores in Oregon and Washington.

The new program, which includes a full lineup of fresh pork cuts in store meat cases, will offer a variety of choices for shoppers who are looking to avoid meat from animals fed genetically modified organisms (GMOs)*. All offerings also meet Whole Foods Market’s strict animal welfare standards.

This achievement marks a significant point in Whole Foods Market’s progress toward providing GMO transparency for the products it sells, and is a step forward in meeting the needs of shoppers who are increasingly requesting organic and non-GMO alternatives.

“Our customers tell us they want more non-GMO choices, and we’re listening,” said Joe Rogoff, president of Whole Foods Market’s Pacific Northwest Region. “The path to earning non-GMO verification isn’t an easy one. We’re grateful to American Homestead Natural Pork for taking on the challenge of helping us reach this key milestone, and for sharing our commitment to transparency and uncompromised standards.”

Meat itself cannot be tested to determine if it is from animals fed GMOs, which makes achieving verification for meat even more complex than for plant-based products. In order to earn verification, suppliers must only feed their animals non-GMO-verified feed, and are subject to regular, ongoing testing. To earn its verification, American Homestead Natural Pork worked with local farmers and feed mill partners to grow, test, segregate, blend and locally distribute non-GMO-verified feed to its farmer partners who are producing pork for Whole Foods Market.

“We are very appreciative of our farmer partners, and of Whole Foods Market for their commitment in achieving this goal,” said Dee McLaughlin, CEO of American Homestead Natural Pork. “We believe in this program and how it fits within our philosophy of breed, tradition, and care. It is an exciting step forward for us.”

Whole Foods Market now carries more than 25,000 certified organic products** and 8,500 non-GMO Project Verified products in its stores companywide, making Whole Foods Market a top destination for shoppers who are looking to avoid GMOs. In March 2013, Whole Foods Market became the first national grocer to set a deadline for full GMO transparency. By 2018, all food sold in Whole Foods Market’s U.S. and Canadian stores must have full GMO transparency.

Whole Foods Market currently has eight stores and one mobile grocery location in Oregon and seven stores in Washington.

* Raised and fed a diet in compliance with Non-GMO Project standards for the avoidance of genetically engineered ingredients.
**The USDA National Organic Standards prohibit the use of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in organic food.

News Contacts

EXPERTS

Theo Weening
Global Meat Buyer

Theo’s passion for quality meats; intricate knowledge of raising practices, cuts and preparation techniques; and his dedication to the art of a centuries-old craft has made him a highly-sought national expert.

###

Whole Foods Market and American Homestead Natural Pork launch Non-GMO Project Verified™ fresh pork program at Whole Foods Market stores in Oregon and Washington

Whole Foods Market and American Homestead Natural Pork launch Non-GMO Project Verified™ fresh pork program at Whole Foods Market stores in Oregon and Washington