Last updated on May 7th, 2015 at 08:35 am
Whole Foods Market will open in University Place, Washington, on Thursday. It will mark the first Whole Foods Market store in Pierce County and the eighth location for the Austin, Texas-based grocer in Washington State.
“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, regional president for Whole Foods Market in the Pacific Northwest. “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’s highlights include:
• The Lumberyard, a made-in-house, wood-fired pizza eatery, that offers a full menu of antipasti, salads, thin crust and deep dish signature pizzas, vegan pizzas, baked pastas and desserts. Wheat free, rice crust pizza dough also is available upon request. Shoppers can enjoy wines by the bottle, or choose from the 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 on the TapHunter app.
• A covered patio with seating for 50 around an 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.
• Custom burger bar in the meat department allowing shoppers to order their own stuffed burger creation.
• 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.
Additionally, the Chamber Bay store features prepared foods, high-quality produce and floral selections, coffee bar, juice bar, meat, seafood, artisan bakery, specialty and Whole Body department.