Whole Foods Market on Wednesday opened its ninth New York City store on the Upper East Side at East 87th Street (1551 3rd Avenue). The 39,000-s.f. three-story grocery store serves as a community destination, offering Upper East Side residents a full range of high-quality natural and organic foods, with a heavy emphasis on products catering to the distinct tastes of the area, the Austin, Texas-based grocer says. Exclusive products from local favorites such as Eli’s Manhattan/Bread (sandwiches, soups and pastries), Ample Hills Creamery (ice cream), Vegan Divas (cakes, doughnuts, parfaits), Black Seed Bagel (bagels) and more are available at the store.
“We’ve been looking forward to opening a store on the Upper East Side for a long time,” said Christina Minardi, regional president for Whole Foods Market Northeast. “In addition to the level of service that our shoppers have come to expect throughout our other eight New York City locations, we’re also really excited to be able to offer this community a beautiful store that puts an emphasis on both quality and convenience.”
The Upper East Side store also showcases a variety of in-store venues offering a kiosk ordering system, which allows shoppers to order their meal in store or from a store-specific website (coming soon), ensuring speed and convenience. In-store venues include: Pizza—featuring a variety of wood-fired pies; Chopped, Topped & Wrapped—fresh salads and wraps made to order; Taqueria—offering tacos, salads and burrito bowls; and Pressed—offering paninis and breakfast sandwiches, as well as the store’s Allegro coffee and juice bar.
Other store innovations include:
• Specialty: A Cheese Club offering subscribers the opportunity to receive a monthly selection of cheeses and condiments, expertly selected by a local Certified Cheese Professional.
• Produce: Varieties of infused waters featuring fresh flavors such as Blackberry Mint and Strawberry Lemon Basil; pre-assembled juicing kits.
• Bakery: Made-in-house quiches, including flavors such as Sweet Potato/Caramelized onions/gruyere, spinach/ricotta, Four Cheese and Quiche Lorraine.
• Seafood: Sliced-to-order smoked salmon.
• Meat: Pre-assembled crock pot meals and special dinner-for-two kits.
Additionally, Whole Foods says the new Upper East Side store delivers high-quality meat that is free of antibiotics and added hormones, including locally sourced options from farms in the Northeast, and offers fresh-caught seafood sourced by local vendors throughout the Northeast. With its Whole Foods Market 365 Everyday Value line of high-quality household staples, the grocery department is a one-stop shop for all your pantry needs, according to the company. The Whole Body department features top-of-the-line, natural and organic ingredients for personal care and beauty items as well as nutritional supplements, herbal remedies and baby care items.
Customers also can choose to shop at Whole Foods Market online through Instacart, with delivery in as little as one hour.
To celebrate the opening, all nine Whole Foods Market locations throughout New York City donated 5 percent of sales from Feb. 18 to City Harvest’s Healthy Neighborhoods program, which aims to increase the availability of affordable fruits and vegetables in low-income communities and provide the nutrition education and resources to maintain a wholesome, food-secure diet.
“Whole Foods Market plays an important role in helping feed hungry New Yorkers, and we are thankful for their commitment,” said Matthew Reich, City Harvest’s VP of food sourcing. “Since 2007, Whole Foods Market has donated more than 2.6 million pounds of good, nutritious food to help fill the plates of our neighbors in need and their 5% Day further supports our Healthy Neighborhoods programs. For every dollar donated, City Harvest will rescue 4 pounds of food and deliver it to soup kitchens and food pantries across the city.”