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.

Contact:

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

Source: Whole Foods Market

Whole Foods Market to open at the historic Hahne & Company building in Newark, NJ on Wednesday, March 1

Newark, NJ, 2017-Feb-01 — /EPR Retail News/ — Whole Foods Market is excited to announce the opening of its newest location in Newark, NJ situated in the recently renovated and historic Hahne & Company building at 633 Broad Street on Wednesday, March 1 at 9 AM. Whole Foods Market Newark will boast 29,000 square feet of space providing the Newark community access to the highest quality produce, meat, seafood, baked goods, body care, grocery offerings and healthy eating resources in the area. The store marks Whole Foods Market’s third location in Essex County and 17th overall in New Jersey.

The Newark store, in collaboration with the Whole Cities Foundation, aims to improve individual and community health through partnerships, education, and broader access to nutritious food. Local organizations were invited to apply for the Fresh, Healthy Food Access Grant. The foundation will offer funding between $5,000 and $15,000 to each selected organization and hopes to support projects in all five wards of Newark. Winners for each grant will be announced on the store’s opening day

Opening day will begin with the company’s traditional bread breaking ceremony at 8:45 AM, followed by a wide range of exciting giveaways, vendor samplings, sales and more!  For additional information and announcements about Whole Foods Market Newark, please visit the store on Instagram @wholefoodsessexnj.

PRESS CONTACTS:
Michael Sinatra
Whole Foods Market
Michael.Sinatra@wholefoods.com
551.574.8031

Beverly Basiga
Sharp Communications
bb@sharpthink.com
212.829.0002 x.113

Source: Whole Foods Market

Whole Foods Market set to open its Newark, NJ location

Whole Foods Market Newark announces community grants, hiring and microcredit lending in advance of winter opening

Newark, NJ, 2016-Dec-08 — /EPR Retail News/ — The opening of Whole Foods Market’s Newark, NJ location, in the city’s revitalized and historic Hahnes building (609 Broad St.) is set to open in the late-winter of 2017. In advance of this anticipated opening, the nation’s leading natural and organic retailer is thrilled to share a variety of exciting updates for the community:

  • Community Grants – In an effort to increase access to fresh, healthy food in Newark, Whole Cities Foundation, a nonprofit organization created by Whole Foods Market, will be offering grants in the range of $5,000 – $15,000 to Newark-based community organizations that are improving health and food access in their own neighborhoods. Community-led organizations are invited to apply for the Fresh, Healthy Food Access Grant through the foundation’s website from now through December 14th. Grant winners will be announced leading up to the opening of Whole Foods Market Newark.
  • Microcredit Lending – Whole Planet Foundation has teamed up with micro-financier Grameen America to offer $250,000 in loans to Newark-based entrepreneurs. Grameen America is a nonprofit microfinance organization dedicated to helping individuals build small businesses to create better lives for their families. With similar values and practices as Whole Planet Foundation, Grameen America offers microloans, training and support to transform communities and fight poverty. Entrepreneurs interested in microcredit lending can go to Grameen America for more information.
  • Hiring – With plans to employ more than 110 team members, Whole Foods Market Newark has officially posted job opportunities for the Newark location on WFM.com/careers.  For those interested in joining the team, please visit or email ne.recruiting@wholefoods.com for questions and log-on assistance.

In addition to these exciting announcements, the store is continuing to seek community partners for a variety of partnerships and initiatives. To support in the identification and selection of potential partners, Whole Foods Market Newark is creating a community advisory board consisting of community residents from around Newark. An information session about the advisory board is being held at 6:00 p.m. on December 13 at the Urban League of Essex County, 508 Central Avenue in Newark. Interested individuals and organizations seeking partnership with Whole Foods Market or potential vendor partners should contact the Newark Community Liaison Team of Sybil Bost (Sybil.bost@wholefoods.com) and Milena Caraballo (milena.caraballo@wholefoods.com) .

For additional information and future announcements, please visit the store’s social media channels: Facebook.com/wholefoodsessexnj and Twitter & Instagram @wfmessexnj

Contact:

Michael Sinatra
michael.sinatra@wholefoods.com
551.574.8031 (cell)

Jessica Ventura
jv@sharpthink.com
212.829.0002 ext.104

Source: Whole Foods Market

ShopRite of Newark to train 21 students as part of Mayor Ras J. Baraka’s Summer Youth Employment program

Newark, New Jersey, 2016-Jul-11 — /EPR Retail News/ — The 21 students who will work in the ShopRite of Newark this summer as part of Mayor Ras J. Baraka’s Summer Youth Employment program will train with mentors and rotate through different departments as they prepare for potential careers in retail.

There are so many different parts to the supermarket business –- everything from customer service to merchandising, inventory control, food service, logistics, communications and health and wellness — and we look forward to teaching young people about those industry opportunities, Jerry Manley, director of operations for the ShopRite of Newark, told those who gathered for the press conference Wednesday at City Hall.

“We also hope to share our enthusiasm and love for the business with young people, because we also think it’s important to inspire people to do what they are passionate about,” added Manley.

“This is vastly more than giving kids a paycheck and keeping them off the street for the summer,” noted Mayor Baraka. “We are preparing our youth for success in college and in the workplace and teaching them life skills to help them thrive in whatever career they choose.”

A total of 2,700 young people will be employed in Newark this summer through the Summer Youth Employment Program, a unique public private partnership between local businesses, universities, hospitals and banks. The mayor’s Summer Youth Employment Program was also recognized by the White House as one of 16 Summer Impact Hubs programs in the country.

Contacts:

Karen O’Shea
Communications Specialist
Email: karen.oshea@wakefern.com
Phone: 732-906-5932
Fax: 732-906-5160

Karen Meleta
Vice President
Consumer and Corporate Communications
Email: Karen.meleta@wakefern.com
Phone: 732-906-5356

Source: Shoprite