28th July 2011


Whole Foods Market  announces a new store for Cheltenham, Gloucestershire


Whole Foods Market, the world’s leading natural and organic foods supermarket, announced today that it intends to open a new 27,000 square-foot store in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire in Autumn 2012. It will be the grocer’s fourth new store to be announced in recent months following Giffnock (Glasgow, opening November 2011), Fulham Broadway and Richmond upon Thames (opening 2013).

The new store will create 150 new full and part-time jobs and will help to further build Whole Foods Market’s presence in the UK. The store, a former Homebase, is situated on the Gallagher Retail Park on the Tewkesbury Road, just outside of Cheltenham town centre. The store will include an outdoor seating area, a ‘scratch’ bakery and a full service butchery counter. Whole Foods Market’s natural remedies department, Whole Body will also feature.

Jeff Turnas, Whole Foods Market’s UK Regional President, said: “We are very pleased to be able to announce another store outside of London in Cheltenham. It’s our intention to bring the best quality foods to shoppers throughout the UK and this store, our seventh to open in the UK and our first English store outside of London will help us achieve that. It will help us increase awareness of what we can offer shoppers in the arena of natural foods and it will also enable us to show off the best in British foods, our unique animal welfare rated meats and sustainably ranked seafood, while focusing on reviving traditional skills such as butchery and fishmongery in store.

As with our existing London stores, our goal is to be the finest food shop in every community we serve. For example,we will be baking and cooking on site each day and we will be offering an amazing array of fresh, healthy and organic food, highlighting local products from our UK producers.We want our customers to celebrate the joys of eating and living well and we hope to help prompt conscious food choices.”

Since the opening of its first store in the US in 1980, Whole Foods Market has been known for its commitment to its stringent quality standards. The grocer offers the highest quality natural and organic foods – all free of artificial flavours, sweeteners, colours, preservatives and hydrogenated fats – with bakery, meats and more prepared fresh in store.



For further information and interviews with Jeff Turnas, please contact:

Alex Tunney at the Whole Foods Market press office on 0207 368 6139 or 07795 396208 Email:  

Notes to editors:

  • Whole Foods Market has over 300 stores in USA, Canada and the UK.
  • There are currently 5 Whole Foods Market stores in London at locations in Camden, Clapham Junction, Kensington, Soho and Stoke Newington.
  • There are currently 44 stores in development worldwide, including Glasgow which will open in November 2011.
  • The company currently employs more than 650 team members in the UK and more than 60,000 team members worldwide.