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Whole Foods Midtown makes 500 locations


By Jeff Romig

It’s easy to be overwhelmed when you reach the top of the escalator at Whole Foods Market’s new flagship Southeastern location.

They opened their 500th location to residents of their building and members of Atlanta’s food community for a preview, which isn’t something that typically happens when they open a new store.

But, this store is different.

If you made a list of all the things you want to see in a grocery store, it will have them.

It also has a bar, a coffee shop, a rooftop space, an old-school butcher shop, and a screen porch!

It even has a veggie “butcher” where you can have your produce chopped, diced, or julienned while you make your way through the 70,000 square-foot space.

And don’t forget the build your own avocado toast station.

“We’re going all out,” said Paul Clements, a senior community engagement specialist for Whole Food Market’s South region.

You’ll find more than 200 in-state and regional products with a ‘Local’ tag including Montane Sparkling Water, White Oak Pastures products, XocolAtl Small Batch Chocolate bars, Arden’s Garden juices, and many more.

Later this summer, Farm Burger’s midtown location will open on the first floor of the complex that sits on 14th Street between Spring and West Peachtree streets.

“The Whole Foods Market midtown will truly be a gathering place for this community,” said Bobby Turner, South Region President for Whole Foods Market, who has been with the company since it opened store No. 5 in Dallas in 1990.

The gathering begins tomorrow at 7 a.m. where they’ll be giving gift bags and gift cards for their first 500 customers.

Moving forward you can get your Allegro Coffee beginning a 6 a.m. daily, with the market keeping 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. hours.

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