WILMINGTON, NC (May 10, 2012) Whole Foods Market (NASDAQ: WFM) announces it will open its doors Wednesday, May 23 at 9 a.m. in the Oleander Place shopping center at 3804 Oleander Drive.

Whole Foods Market will offer an early look at its newest North Carolina store with sneak-preview tours. For a $5 donation to Dreams of Wilmington and Good Shepherd Center, curious customers can take a tour of the new store at a specified time slot. Tours are scheduled between 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. Sunday, May 20, and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday, May 21. 

Advance registration is required: http://wilmington.wholefoodsrsvp.com.

Tour attendees will be the first to get a glimpse of the new store and learn about some of its highlights and features, taste samples in each department, and will also receive a goodie bag. The store opens for business Wednesday, May 23 at 9 a.m. immediately following a free breakfast in the parking lot at 8:00 AM and a bread-breaking ceremony with Mayor Bill Saffo at 8:30.
 

“We are so happy to be opening our doors in Wilmington,” said Ron Bold, Store Team Leader for the new Whole Foods Market store. “The tours are a great introduction for the community, and all of the activities we have planned for the grand opening are just the beginning. We look forward to offering the highest quality natural foods available to the Wilmington community.”   
 

Whole Foods Market, added approximately 180 additional jobs to the Wilmington market, has been named by Fortune magazine as one of the “100 Best Companies to Work For” in the U.S. for 15 consecutive years – every year since the List’s inception. In addition, the Company boasts an 80% fulltime employment rate nationwide, which is nearly double the rate of its competitors. This commitment to the company translates to increased passion and product knowledge by its Team Members.
 

Whole Foods Market offers shoppers the highest quality, best-tasting and freshest foods in an inviting setting. Each store is unique and is designed to meet the needs of the neighborhoods where we live and work. Combine the great-tasting food with outstanding customer service and the result is a pleasantly atypical grocery shopping experience.
 

Grand opening calendar of events:
SEAFOOD SHOW AND SALE
WEDNESDAY, MAY 23
Wild-Caught Coho Salmon on Sale for $4.99/lb!
Our Fishmongers are selling whole Coho Salmon
and cutting each one to your exact specifications!
(While Supplies Last)

MEMORIAL DAY BUNDLE DEAL
FRIDAY, MAY 25
Eight burgers, eight buns (white or wheat), Cabot sliced
cheddar and two pounds of potato salad
FOR ONLY $20 • SAVE MORE THAN $5

CELEBRATE YOUR GRADUATE
SUNDAY, MAY 27 • 12-2PM
Cake Tastings — come sample our beautiful
custom-made cakes!

KIDS CLUB
TUESDAY, MAY 29 • 10AM
Healthy Snacks and Smoothies
(pre-register at Customer Service)
HEALTH STARTS HERE
MAY 30 • 5:30PM
Come learn about ANDI scores and the most
nutrient dense foods.

For more events and information, go to http://wholefoodsmarket.com/stores/wilmington/store-calendar/

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About Whole Foods Market®
Founded in 1980 in Austin, Texas, Whole Foods Market (wholefoodsmarket.com, NASDAQ: WFM), is the leading natural and organic food retailer. As America’s first national certified organic grocer, Whole Foods Market was named “America’s Healthiest Grocery Store” by Health magazine. The company's motto, “Whole Foods, Whole People, Whole Planet”™ captures its mission to ensure customer satisfaction and health, Team Member excellence and happiness, enhanced shareholder value, community support and environmental improvement. Thanks to the company’s more than 64,000 Team Members, Whole Foods Market has been ranked as one of the “100 Best Companies to Work For” in America by FORTUNE magazine for 15 consecutive years. In fiscal year 2011, the company had sales of more than $10 billion and currently has more than 315 stores in the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom.