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Whole Foods Opens in Charlotte, North Carolina; Plans New Tampa, Florida, Store

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Last updated on June 29th, 2018 at 03:43 pm

Whole Foods Market opened a new store in Uptown Charlotte, North Carolina, on June 13 at 400 East Stonewall Street, located at the Stonewall Station LYNX light rail stop.

“We’re excited to join Uptown Charlotte’s vibrant community with the opening of our new Whole Foods Market in the heart of the booming financial and cultural hub,” said Mark Frost, the store’s team leader. “The new store, designed with its dynamic location in mind, will feature many locally sourced and seasonal products that meet our high quality standards. Whether you come to meet a friend for a drink before a show at the Spectrum Center, enjoy a quick, healthy lunch from the hot bar or stock up on locally grown seasonal produce, the store will be a new gathering place for the community.”

Every item sold in the store is free of artificial flavors, colors, sweeteners, preservatives and hydrogenated fats.

The more than 36,000-s.f. store includes:

  • Fuel, an in-house venue serving Allegro coffee, six beers and cold brew on tap and a lunch and dinner menu.
  • A large prepared foods section that includes a taqueria, Genji sushi and made-to-order sandwich stations in addition to Whole Foods Market’s traditional salad and hot bars.
  • Full-service meat and seafood departments that feature Global Animal Partnership 5 Step Animal Welfare rated meat and sustainable seafood.  
  • In-house specialties, including rotating flavors of gelato, deep dish and hand-tossed pizza and dry-aged ribeye and New York strip steaks.
  • A curated wine and beer selection—including more than 90 local brews—and a variety of international, national and local cheeses.
  • Assorted local products, including grass-fed beef from Hickory Nut Gap Farm in Fairview, North Carolina, and seasonal organic produce from Eastern Carolina Organics in Durham, North Carolina.  

New Midtown store will be largest in Tampa

In other company news, Whole Foods has signed a lease for a 48,000-s.f store anchoring the newly unveiled Midtown Tampa project. The new store will be the largest Whole Foods in the Tampa area and will serve as a relocation of the current 32,000-s.f. Tampa store.  

“Whole Foods Market has proudly served the Tampa community for many years,” said Juan Núñez, president of Whole Foods’ Florida region. “We are excited to have the opportunity to bring a larger store to the area, allowing us to offer our customers even more ways to enjoy great food.”

Whole Foods Market Midtown Tampa will employ approximately 200 locally hired full- and part-time team members. Employees from the Tampa store will have the opportunity to transfer to the Midtown Tampa store as part of this relocation.

Whole Foods Market Midtown Tampa will be located at 1001 North Dale Mabry Highway, less than one mile from the existing store located at 1548 North Dale Mabry Highway. The new store is projected to open in fall of 2020. The Tampa store will close several days before the Midtown Tampa opening.

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