ROCKVILLE, Md. (July 29, 2015) – Whole Foods Market announced today that it has signed a lease for a store in Akron, Ohio. The approximately 40,000-square-foot location will be part of West Point Marketplace. No opening date has been set.

This will be the company’s first store in Akron. There are currently seven Whole Foods Market stores operating in Ohio, and three more are in development.

“Thank you, Akron, for welcoming Whole Foods Market—we’re thrilled to be coming to the area,” said Scott Allshouse, president of Whole Foods Market’s Mid-Atlantic Region. “We recognize and respect the unique history of this location. As with every store, we aim not just to open in a community, but to really become a part of it. So we want to hear from you: what do you want in a store, and how can we best serve your needs?”

Whole Foods Market currently has 424 stores worldwide, with 46 in its Mid-Atlantic Region. As a leading natural and organic grocer, the company is committed to transparency and maintaining the industry’s highest quality standards, which don’t allow artificial flavors, colors, sweeteners, preservatives or hydrogenated fats in any of the food it sells.