Remodeled Whole Foods Market to have ‘grand re-opening’ Oct. 16

By Lee Stephens….
Whole Foods Market has completed renovation of its Pinecrest store and will have a grand re-opening on Saturday, Oct. 16. The remodeled 30,000-square-foot store will serve a free continental breakfast to customers at 7 a.m., followed by a traditional Whole Foods Market “bread breaking ceremony” – a foodie twist on the traditional ribbon cutting event – at 8 a.m., both taking place in the store parking lot.

“We are offering the Pinecrest community an even better store,” said store team leader Oscar Hinds. “We’ve listened to the community and have designed and enhanced the store in order to thoroughly delight, as well as meet our customers’ needs. Our number one goal is to provide the Pinecrest area and surrounding communities with the freshest, most flavorful and highest quality products, while providing superior value in an immaculately remodeled store.”

Following the bread-breaking ceremony, grand re-opening activities will continue throughout the weekend with special free product samples, in-store chef demonstrations, live music and events for all ages.

The store’s departments have been enhanced to offer more selections including:

• Larger prepared foods department — More than 100 items on both a full-service and self-service hot bar, salad bar and soup bar which showcase our chefs’ talents with a wide variety of cuisines from around the world – Asian, Indian, Latin, Italian, continental and home-style comfort, all prepared on-site and fresh daily.

• Enhanced meat department — More than 15 types of in-house, hand-made sausages, kabobs and gourmet burgers. • A12-foot cooler— offering an extended selection of smoked meats, including uncured bacons and nitrate-free hot dogs and sausages.

• Expanded selection of organic, natural and kosher chicken offerings, as well as Grass Fed beef.

• Expanded bakery department — offers more than 21 freshly baked hearth breads as well as a new four-foot, full-service pastry case offering 30 new patisserie and mini desserts and an extended cake case with over 40 artisanal cakes and desserts.

• Produce department housing more than 300 items daily with a focus on in-season, local and organic items, as well as fresh-cut, ready-to-use or ready-to-eat fruits and vegetables.

• Expansive fresh seafood counter — has a wide selection of fresh local fish and expertly prepared ready-to-cook items. Professional fish mongers are always available to cut or fillet customers’ choices to order. An enhanced grocery department adding over 3,000 new products and including a four-foot designated raw foods section and dozens of gourmet olive oils from around the world.

• European charcuterie section featuring artisanal meats and cheeses from around the world, including some of America’s top producers.

• Expansive wine department with more than 800 organic, hard-to-find and limited-availability wines including “pick six and mix” single beer program.

• Cheese department with more than 250 hand-cut cheeses and an expanded olive and antipasti bar with over 30 varieties from all around the world.

• Whole Baby section with a wide variety of all-natural baby foods, toys, supplements, baby body care, lotions and infant care items.

• Whole Body department offers a large selection of luxurious natural body care items and cosmetics, as well as a broad selection of high-quality nutritional supplements and vitamins.

The store’s monthly calendar of events will feature cooking classes and product demonstrations by local chefs and in-store culinary experts. The public is invited to enjoy health lectures, fitness classes, children’s events, store tours, food and wine tastings, and other activities focused on wellness.

“We are proud to offer the community an even better shopping experience than before,” said Hinds. “And we’ll continue the Whole Foods Market tradition of providing the best possible service and shopping experience to our customers at their convenient neighborhood store.”

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