Later this month, Whole Foods Market will open new stores in Delray Beach, Florida, and Richmond, Virginia.
The 41,000-s.f. Delray Beach store at 680 Linton Boulevard opens at 9 a.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 29.
In Richmond, the new 47,000-s.f. store, located at 2024 West Broad Street, opens at 9 a.m. on Thursday, Jan. 30.
As part of the opening day celebrations, guests can enjoy complimentary coffee, music and more before the stores open. In Richmond, the first 200 customers will receive a custom Whole Foods Market Richmond reusable tote bag, as well as a savings card with a mystery value ranging between $5 and $100. The first 500 customers in line at the Delray Beach store will receive a $5 savings card, with one customer receiving one for $500. Once the doors open, the first 500 customers to check out will receive a custom Whole Foods Market Delray Beach reusable shopping bag.
All food at Whole Foods Market must meet the company’s rigorous quality standards, which prohibit hydrogenated fats, high-fructose corn syrup and artificial sweeteners, as well as more than 100 colors, flavors and preservatives commonly found in food. In addition, all beauty and body care products must meet the company’s body care standards, which ban more than 100 commonly used ingredients, including phthalates, parabens and microbeads.
Amazon Prime members who shop at Whole Foods Market have access to a number of benefits year-round, like deep discounts on dozens of select popular products each week and an additional 10 percent off hundreds of in-store sale items. In addition, eligible Prime members receive 5 percent back on Whole Foods Market purchases when using the Amazon Prime Rewards Visa Card.
Whole Foods in Delray Beach
“We can’t wait to welcome the Delray Beach community into their new Whole Foods Market,” said Jan Vandervort, store team leader. “We’re working hard to create a relaxed, inviting atmosphere that our neighbors will love, and we look forward to providing this community with a wide selection of accessible, high quality and innovative products, as well as a variety of local items that are exclusive to Whole Foods Market.”
To celebrate joining the community, 1% of the store’s net sales will benefit a different community partner every day from Jan. 29 through Feb. 2. Benefiting organizations include Delray Beach Children’s Garden on Jan. 29, CROS Ministries Delray Beach Food Pantry on Jan. 30, The Milagro Center on Jan. 31, Jacobson Family Food Pantry on Feb. 1 and Healthier Delray Beach on Feb. 2.
Whole Foods Market Delray Beach will employ approximately 150 full and part-time team members. Following the grand opening, the store will be open from 8 a.m. – 10 p.m. daily.
Whole Foods Market has four other stores in Palm Beach County.
Special features of the store include:
- Fresh produce department featuring seasonal fruits and vegetables, including selections from 15 local growers and a range of items with Whole Foods Market’s Whole Trade Guarantee, which supports suppliers that are committed to ethical trade, working conditions and the environment.
- Seafood counter featuring locally sourced, fresh seafood offerings such as Key West pink shrimp, spiny lobster tail and whole yellow tail snapper, as well as made-in-house options including key lime shrimp, marinated salmon fillets and Tuscan salmon meatballs.
- Full-service butcher offering made in-house sausages, dry-aged beef and ready-to-cook options including marinated burgers and seasoned kabobs, as well as local ground beef, ribeye steaks and strip steaks.
- Bakery department offering an array of freshly baked cakes and pies made in-house, as well as artisan breads, gourmet cakes and items for special diets.
- Specialty foods section featuring a variety of natural wines and freshly cut cheeses, as well as an assortment of chocolates and other items from local suppliers; the cheese selection is overseen by an in-store American Cheese Society Certified Cheese Professional who can offer expertise and recommendations for any request or occasion.
- Selection of about 100 beers and 800 wines, including options from local producers.
- Prepared foods section featuring a salad bar, 24 seasonally rotating soups, Neapolitan and Detroit style pizza, rotisserie chickens, plant-based entrées, sushi and a full-service charcuterie case.
- Full-service coffee and juice bar offering a variety of cold brew, espresso, Cuban coffee and cold-pressed juices on tap.
- Beauty, body care and home goods section featuring products from more than 20 local suppliers, some of which are exclusive to Whole Foods Market; from opening day through Feb. 2, all wellness and beauty products at the Delray Beach store will be 25 percent off, including protein, probiotics, face care, makeup and more.
Whole Foods in Richmond
The Richmond store was built in the location of the former Pleasants Hardware, Whole Foods Market incorporated the original brick façade, wooden beams and other elements of the historic Kaufman building into the interior design of the store.
“We are excited to welcome the Richmond community to their new Whole Foods Market,” said Bill Balderson, store team leader. “With a variety of high-quality products, items local to Virginia and many prepared food options located on the first floor, paired with a self-serve eatery and taproom on the second, we’re confident our neighbors will enjoy eating and shopping with us.”
To celebrate joining the community, 5 percent of the store’s net sales on Thursday, Feb. 6 will benefit Tricycle Urban Ag Culture, a local nonprofit organization on a mission to grow a healthy future through urban agriculture.
Whole Foods Market Richmond will employ approximately 165 full and part-time team members. Following the grand opening, the store will be open from 7 a.m. until 10 p.m. daily.
Whole Foods Market has one other store in the area, with the first being its Short Pump location in Glen Allen, Virginia.
Special features of the store will include:
- Fresh produce department offering a wide array of fresh fruits and vegetables, including offerings from local growers and a range of items with Whole Foods Market’s Whole Trade Guarantee, which supports suppliers that are committed to ethical trade, working conditions and the environment.
- Full-service butcher featuring in-house made sausages, dry-aged offerings and bone broth-making kits, as well as selections from local suppliers such as lamb and grass-fed beef.
- Seafood department offering fresh and frozen seafood, including locally sourced crabmeat, clams, oysters and smoked fish, with all offerings either sustainable wild-caught or Responsibly Farmed.
- Specialty foods section featuring a variety of cheeses, including options from 10 local suppliers, overseen by an in-store American Cheese Society Certified Cheese Professional who can offer expertise and recommendations for any request or occasion.
- Hundreds of different beers and wines, many from local producers.
- Bakery department offering an array of made-in-house breads, cakes and pastries, as well as items for special diets and offerings from local suppliers.
- Prepared foods section offering a salad bar, 13 seasonally rotating soups, pizza, sushi and build-your-own mezze bowls featuring a variety of Mediterranean flavors and toppings.
- Bulk section offering more than 150 items including nuts, seeds, granola, grains, dried fruit and candy.
- Beauty, body care and home goods section offering products from local suppliers.
Nearly 1,000 products throughout the store from about 150 local suppliers, some of which are new to Whole Foods Market or are recipients of Whole Foods Market’s Local Producer Loan Program, which provides low-interest loans to local producers to help grow their businesses.
The Richmond store also will feature a self-serve eatery and taproom on the mezzanine level offering a variety of pub-style food, indoor and outdoor seating for more than 150 guests and self-serve wine and beer that customers are invited to drink while shopping in the store.