WHITE PLAINS, NY (June 3, 2004) Just in time for summer, Whole Foods Market, the world's largest natural and organic supermarket and America's first national “certified organic” grocer will officially opens its doors today at 110 Bloomingdale Road. Westchester County residents will be awarded a taste of the purest, most flavorful, highest quality foods and products along with a convenient and contemporary shopping experience. All products at Whole Foods Market are free of hydrogenated oils, artificial additives, preservatives, sweeteners, colorings, and flavors.

Spanning 36,000 square feet, the new Whole Foods Market White Plains Store will feature an array of first time offerings exclusive to the North Atlantic Region. Such tempting features as a Steamed Shrimp Bar complete with four palette pleasing shrimp varieties, a Salsa Station in the Chip Aisle featuring exotic and freshly made blends of tomato and fruit based salsas, and the regions first Hot Chili and Stew Station. A true one-stop-shop resource for the community, the White Plains store will also highlight a fully loaded “Whole Meals” option where shoppers can conveniently pick up restaurant quality prepared foods straight from a state of the art kitchen. These heat and serve meals will be available in single servings for those on the run or, in servings of four or more to serve the entire family — no tipping required.

“We are very much looking forward to becoming a part of White Plains and meeting the new shoppers from Westchester County,” said Christina Minardi, Regional Vice President. “After a ten year search for the perfect retail location, we really feel The Source will draw people from other neighboring areas who are interested in not only a healthy and more sustainable lifestyle, but one that is full of indulgences.”

To further compliment the shopping experience of Whole Foods Market complete with the largest variety of organically grown produce, all natural and organic meat, fresh artesinal cheeses, a premiere seafood department, and a coffee roaster on premises, the White Plains store will also feature a welcoming indoor and outdoor seating area that accommodates 230 customers. Local residents and out of towners alike can pick up food from the store and either enjoy the experience of dining around an inviting community table or, for a more private setting in one of the store's more intimate power booths. Designed with a vibrant, welcoming flair, the White Plains store adorned with artistic and informative language in each department will offer a user-friendly educational backdrop to organic and natural living.

“We were really trying to consider the needs specific to the Westchester community when we built the store and included its convenient and distinctive amenities,” said Chris Snell, Store Team Leader. “Our goal is to provide customers with a high-quality shopping experience and outstanding customer service that will hopefully enable them to make the right choices about products they use in their daily lives.”

Additionally, Whole Body™ at Whole Foods Market will feature Weschester's largest selection of luxurious natural and organic body care items and cosmetics, as well as unadulterated nutritional supplements and vitamins. All products at Whole Body are made with the highest quality natural ingredients and are free of harsh chemicals and unnecessary fillers. The White Plains store will offer a separate in-store Greenhouse complete with an on-site floral supervisor ready to help shoppers chose from a fresh and vibrant array of flowers and plants.