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After much anticipation, Whole Foods Market opens today (Wednesday 7 November) in Cheltenham on the Gallagher Retail Park to offer shoppers a new and exciting, all-natural way to shop for food, drink, health and beauty products.
This is Whole Foods Market’s first English store outside of the five existing London stores (plus one in Glasgow).  Situated right at the heart of the Cotswolds and offering a vast range of high quality, natural foods, beauty and health products, the 27,000 sq ft store is also stocking more than 330 locally Gloucestershire-sourced products as well as 50 just from Cheltenham itself – significantly more than any other local competitor.
The store was opened today in traditional Whole Foods Market style with a special bread-breaking ceremony attended by Mary Cunningham, Store Team Leader for Whole Foods Market Cheltenham, Jeff Turnas, Regional President for Whole Foods Market UK, Colin Hay, Mayor of Cheltenham and Rob Rees, founder of one of the Cheltenham store’s new charity partners, Wiggly Worm.  The five foot loaf of beer bread was baked in-store especially for the occasion with beer from the Cotswold Brewing Company.  The bread-breaking ceremony is symbolic of the opening of the store and the sharing of produce.
“It is such a wonderful opportunity to be able to open a store here in Cheltenham,” said Mary Cunningham. “The store will showcase the highest quality all-natural food and beauty brands. Our team of 180 local people will bring Whole Foods Market to life for all our shoppers and our unique features, such as the Acorn cookery centre, will be an inspiration for everyone.