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Third 365 by Whole Foods Market™ store to open Sept. 14 in Bellevue, Wash.

Seattle-based Wild Ginger Kitchen selected as new store’s ‘Friend of 365’

AUSTIN, Texas (June 22, 2016)365 by Whole Foods Market™, the new evolution of grocery stores from Whole Foods Market, announced today that its third location will open Sept. 14, in Bellevue, Washington. The new store will be located in Bellevue Square (300 Bellevue Square) and will also be home to a new Friend of 365 partner, Seattle-based Wild Ginger Kitchen.

“We saw downtown Bellevue as an ideal choice for our third store because it is a rapidly growing community,” said Jeff Turnas, president of 365 by Whole Foods Market. “We anticipate that Bellevue, like Silver Lake, will appeal to a broad set of customers who are excited by a new shopping experience, as well as current customers who are familiar with our quality standards and shop at the nearby Whole Foods Market. We think the addition of a high-quality grocery store to The Bellevue Collection will appeal to customers who are looking for a grab-and-go lunch option, as well as those looking to do a full grocery shop.”

As a Friend of 365, Wild Ginger Kitchen will have an independent fast-casual dining area inside the store. Customers will be able to enjoy a meal in the store or take away a quick, healthy lunch or dinner. Wild Ginger Kitchen is a local favorite culinary destination that creates fast, fresh and flavorful Asian food at affordable prices. The menu will be prepared by the same masterminds behind notable restaurants Wild Ginger and Triple Door, however, Wild Ginger Kitchen will offer a more fast-casual take, with customized bowls and a seasonally inspired menu. Customers can choose from chicken, beef or vegan protein served with rice or noodles, as well as a variety of pickles and fresh toppings.

Each 365 by Whole Foods Market location includes at least one Friend of 365, to showcase and support innovative businesses and entrepreneurs.

“We are so excited to have Wild Ginger Kitchen as our Friend of 365 in Bellevue,” Turnas said. “Their culinary values completely align with 365 by Whole Foods Market’s customer-centric, foodie-focused business. We also love that Wild Ginger Kitchen keeps its concept fresh by continuously reinventing the menu, just as 365 by Whole Foods Market plans to stay fresh by evolving its prototype over time.”

The new Bellevue location will also offer shoppers the convenience of online ordering and delivery through Instacart.

The first 365 by Whole Foods Market store opened May 25, 2016 in the Silver Lake neighborhood of Los Angeles; a second location will open July 14 in Lake Oswego, Oregon. The company expects to open as many as 10 stores in 2017.


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Rendering of 365 by Whole Foods Market in Bellevue, Wash.


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