EMERYVILLE, Calif. (November 1, 2006). Whole Foods Market® (NASDAQ:WFMI), the world's leading natural and organic foods supermarket, is scheduled to open its first store in Tigard, Oregon on November 1, 2006, at 7380 SW Bridgeport Road at SW Hazelfern Road. In response to heightened demand from the growing communities of Tigard, Tualatin and Lake Oswego, Whole Foods Market comes to the area with the goal of providing the highest quality, best tasting and freshest natural and organic foods.
Located at 7380 SW Bridgeport Road, the 52,000 square-foot store is tailored to serve the needs of the Tigard, Tualatin and Lake Oswego communities by offering the highest quality and best-tasting chef-prepared foods, fresh fruits and vegetables, baked goods, natural meats and seafood. For example, the Bridgeport location includes an extensive prepared foods department, featuring three dine-in eateries: a sushi, Mediterranean and seafood bar. The new store also offers customers an expanded Whole Baby department, including an array of natural baby clothing, body products and food. The new store will include a Salud! Cooking & Lifestyle school on the second level. Salud! is Whole Foods Market's unique education program for those hoping to learn techniques for incorporating natural and organic foods into their daily meals. In addition, Whole Foods Market Bridgeport has 220 parking spaces available for shoppers and diners.
“Whole Foods Market joins the Tigard, Tualatin and Lake Oswego communities with a commitment to provide the highest-quality foods available, including organic and local products. Delivering on this promise has always been a cornerstone of Whole Foods Market's success,” said Ron Megahan, Whole Foods Market's Pacific Northwest regional president. “We are delighted to join the active Tigard, Tualatin and Lake Oswego communities and look forward to partnering with community members in the future to create memorable neighborhood events.” The Whole Foods Market Bridgeport will add more than 150 jobs to the bustling economy of the region. Whole Foods Market Team Members take pride in helping educate and inform customers, providing excellent customer service and offering their time to community volunteerism. Competitive pay, benefits and a work culture based on fairness, respect and empowerment have made Whole Foods Market one of Fortune's “100 Best Companies to Work For” for the ninth consecutive year.
“Whole Foods Market is excited to bring the best selection of high quality natural and organic products to the Tigard, Tualatin and Lake Oswego communities,” said Steve Papegaay, store team leader at the Bridgeport store. “When residents come into the new store, they can feel confident that the products and ingredients offered are tailored to fit the specific needs of their community.” Whole Foods Market continues to fulfill its mission of supporting sustainable agriculture and the environment at the Bridgeport store by featuring natural and organic foods, which are free of trans fats, artificial preservatives, colors, flavors, sweeteners and hydrogenated oils. Whole Foods Market appeals to a variety of customers ranging from health conscious households to aspiring gourmets by emphasizing the highest quality and best-tasting fresh produce, chef-prepared foods, baked goods, natural meats and sparkling seafood.
In Oregon state, there is currently one Whole Foods Market. The Portland store is located at 1210 NW Couch Street and can be reached at (503) 525-4343. The Bridgeport store is located at 7380 SW Bridgeport Road and will be open from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m., seven days a week.