UPDATE (December 12, 2018): [Photos] Whole Foods Market 365 Now Open in Buckhead, Decatur
Whole Foods Market 365 Monday announced its first two Atlanta stores will open on Wednesday, December 12 at 9 a.m.
The stores are situated in Decatur, at 1555 Church Street in the North Decatur Square shopping center, and in Buckhead, at 3535 Northside Parkway in Paces Ferry Plaza.
“For the first time in company history, Whole Foods Market is opening two stores in the same market on the same day, and we couldn’t be more thrilled to introduce the Decatur and Northside Buckhead communities to the Whole Foods Market 365 concept, and our curated, high quality and reasonably priced product selection,” Jeff Turnas, President of Whole Foods Market 365, said in the announcement.
“In celebration, our Atlanta customers will also be the first to experience our new seasonal and unique 365 Faves program, a selection of our favorite new products available only for a limited time. We can’t wait to open the doors and bring great food to more people at low prices.”
As part of the Friends of Whole Foods Market program, both the Decatur and Buckhead stores will feature an onsite Mexican cuisine-focused restaurant, Loteria Grill, from Chef Jimmy Shaw.
The in-store eateries will serve as the first locations for the Los Angeles based restaurant in the Atlanta area.
“Through the Friends of Whole Foods Market program, the company partners with outside chefs, culinary and lifestyle brands, to bring shoppers innovative in-store experiences,” according to the announcement.
“All Friends partners operate as independent shops within Whole Foods Market stores, share Whole Foods Market’s high-quality standards, and have unique expertise in a cuisine, concept or product.”
Also part of the Friends of Whole Foods Market program, the Decatur store will house the fourth location for homegrown Atlanta-based Dtox Juice, and Pour de Leon, a self-serve draft beer, wine and cider venue that also features light bites and a children’s play area.
On opening day, the first 100 customers in line at either store will receive a Whole Foods Market 365 gift card ranging in value from $5 to $365 and a free reusable tote bag.
Whole Foods Market 365 will have coffee, snacks, and music for shoppers waiting in line, and doors will open at 9 a.m.
Both the Decatur and Buckhead stores will employ approximately 100 full and part-time team members and will be open from 7 a.m. – 10 p.m. daily.