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Whole Foods Market Harlem Invites Community to Grand Opening Celebration on July 21

5% of opening day sales will benefit Harlem Grown’s local health education programs

NEW YORK (July 17, 2017) – Whole Foods Market will officially open the doors of its twelfth New York City location in Harlem on Friday, July 21. The 40,000-square-foot store, located at 100 West 125th Street in the heart of Central Harlem, will celebrate the grand opening day with local vendor demonstrations, giveaways and much more. All events will be free and open to the public.

Whole Foods Market’s traditional bread breaking ceremony will start at 8:45 a.m., with doors officially opening for business at 9:00 a.m.

“We are thrilled to serve the historic and vibrant Harlem community, where I personally have many fond childhood memories,” said Damon Young, store team leader for Whole Foods Market Harlem. “Our many Harlem community partners have helped us create a wonderful store that enables us to provide local jobs, support community artisans and serve Harlem residents with the highest quality natural and organic foods.” 

Whole Foods Market Harlem will feature a combination of innovative, new chef-driven concepts and classic favorites, making it a dining destination for breakfast, lunch and dinner:

The grocery selection at Whole Foods Market will emphasize healthy eating, wallet-friendly options, as well as unique local Harlem products ranging from classic neighborhood favorites to trend-setting new products.

All food products sold in the store will meet Whole Foods Market’s rigorous quality standards, ensuring they are free of artificial flavors, colors, sweeteners and preservatives, as well as hydrogenated fats and high-fructose corn syrup.

In keeping with Whole Foods Market’s core values to support global and local communities, the Harlem store is partnering with several neighborhood organizations:

In addition, Whole Foods Market has partnered with numerous Harlem community organizations to create approximately 200 new local jobs. For instance, Whole Foods Market has worked closely with Hot Bread Kitchen in East Harlem since 2011, and the Harlem bakery department will be employing three of their recent “Bakers in Training” graduates. Whole Foods Market Harlem has already hired around 35 Team Members who reside right in Central Harlem.

Media preview tours will be available on July 19 and July 20. Please email with any questions about Whole Foods Market Harlem or to set up a tour.


Whole Foods Market Harlem

100 West 125th Street

New York, NY 10027

Store Hours: 8 a.m. – 10 p.m. (Breakfast venues only are open at 7 a.m.)

Phone Number: (212) 678-1940

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Christina Minardi

Executive Vice President, Operations

In her role as Executive Vice President of Operations, Christina Minardi leverages her industry expertise to lead Amazon integration, support real estate strategy, drive culinary innovation, re-imagine the customer experience and grow e-commerce initiatives for Whole Foods Market.