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Whole Foods Market opens Nov. 2 in Victoria

Store features dozens of ‘Island Local’ products, in-store venues run by Victoria-based restaurateurs and 141 team members hired from Vancouver Island

VICTORIA, British Columbia (Nov. 1, 2016) – Whole Foods Market, the world’s leading natural and organic grocer, will open Wednesday, Nov. 2, in Victoria, British Columbia. The 40,000-square-foot store is located in the Uptown Shopping Centre, at 3587 Blanshard Street, in Saanich. It is the first Whole Foods Market store on Vancouver Island and is the company’s 12th location in Canada.  

The store will host a bread-breaking ceremony at 8:30 a.m. Saanich Mayor Richard Atwell will join Whole Foods Market leaders, local suppliers and community partners to welcome shoppers. Doors open at 9 a.m.

“For more than a decade, we’ve been building relationships in the communities we serve throughout British Columbia, and we’re excited to continue this growth on Vancouver Island,” said Angela Lorenzen, president of Whole Foods Market’s Pacific Northwest Region. “We’ve long believed that Victoria would be a wonderful home for a new store because of our shared values. Like us, this community is a champion for strong, local food systems and believes in environmental stewardship. Our team members, many of whom come from Vancouver Island, have been working hard to create a store experience that reflects what island residents tell us they want and need. We look forward to continuing to build relationships here and serving Greater Victoria.”

The new store will provide an unmatched selection of high-quality natural and organic goods, as well as a wide variety of island-sourced products and delicious dining options.

Store features:

During the store’s grand opening festivities, Whole Foods Market will present B.C.-based Terra Breads with a $100,000 Local Producer Loan. To date, Whole Foods Market has made five loans to B.C.-based, independent food producers, and has contributed more than $400,000 to the local economy through this program alone. Past Local Producer Loan Program recipients include Tree Island Gourmet Yogurt, Le Gateau Bake Shop, Harker’s Organics and Lina’s Garden.

Shoppers visiting Whole Foods Market’s Victoria store can look forward to a full-service experience:

Giving back to the community is one of Whole Foods Market’s core values. For the past several years, Vancouver Island residents and Whole Foods Market teams have discussed the community’s priorities and where Whole Foods Market resources might make the greatest impact outside the store. From those conversations, Whole Foods Market has identified several local nonprofit organizations and is building long-range partnerships with the groups to support their great work. One of these partners is The Mustard Seed, a nonprofit devoted to fighting hunger and supporting food access work in Greater Victoria. On opening day, the store’s team members will present a $2,000 contribution to The Mustard Seed. Whole Foods Market will continue to collaborate with The Mustard Seed on food rescue and advocacy work.

In 2016, the Whole Kids Foundation, a Whole Foods Market foundation, awarded garden grants to four Vancouver Island schools; 17 Vancouver Island K-12 schools have received garden grants from the foundation since 2012. Whole Kids Foundation also funded farm-to-school grants at nine Vancouver Island schools in 2016. These grants engage students in gardening, cooking, preserving, purchasing and serving healthy local foods at school.

Store Information

Hours: Open daily from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Location: 3587 Blanshard Street, Victoria, B.C. 

Telephone: 250-382-9800

Website: www.wholefoodsmarket.com/stores/victoria


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