Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Whole Foods: Now Open for Business

By Kathleen Richards
Wed, Sep 26, 2007 at 4:54 PM

Oaklanders, rejoice! Those in the DTO no longer have to hop a bus or get in their car to get fresh, organic groceries. The new Whole Foods Market at 27th and Harrison streets finally opened its doors this morning. To celebrate, they've brought in local celebrity chef Paul Bertolli, musical entertainment, and complimentary cloth bags to the first 5,000 customers. But this isn't just any Whole Foods. According to their press release, the 55,000-square-foot store is the first ever "market hall" design, featuring a dine-in bistro, "Fresh and Wild" station, and Everett & Jones and Gelateria Naia Gelato stores. "Keeping convenience and shopping ease top priority, with a splash of intrigue, entertainment and local pride, the market hall design will allow shoppers to access all departments and exciting new venues quickly in a single loop," says the release. In addition, the store was built with sustainable principles in mind, such as the use of bamboo, aluminum, low "volatile organic compounds" paint, recycled glass countertops, composting and recycling programs. Whatevs. We're sure downtowners are happy to have a healthier - albeit a much more expensive -- alternative to the Grocery Outlet.

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