News Release:

Whole Foods MarketĀ® announces lease for new store in Kennesaw, Georgia

ATLANTA (February 12, 2014) – Whole Foods Market (NASDAQ: WFM) announced today it will open a new location in the mixed-use development at the corner of Barrett Parkway and U.S. 41/Cobb Parkway. The newest store in Georgia for the natural and organic foods supermarket will occupy approximately 45,000 square feet of retail space. The new store is slated to open in 2016.

Whole Foods Market's presence in Georgia includes eight locations in metro-Atlanta and one store in Savannah. Augusta, opening later this year, will be the tenth location in the state.

“We’re always looking for new locations around the Atlanta metro area,” said Jeremiah Ryan, Whole Foods Market South region executive coordinator of operations.  “We’re excited that we’ve found a great location for the Kennesaw community, and we look forward to providing more people with good, healthy food options. We aim to be more than a grocery – our stores have a strong connection with the communities they serve. Whether through volunteer hours or fundraising efforts, we look forward to growing those partnerships with our newest store in Georgia.”

Whole Foods Market features a fresh and enticing selection of natural foods in their purest state, free of artificial flavors, colors, sweeteners, and preservatives as well as hydrogenated fats.  Whole Foods Market offers shoppers the highest quality, best-tasting and freshest foods in an inviting setting. Combine great-tasting food with outstanding customer service and the result is a pleasantly atypical grocery shopping experience.