“Shoppers visiting the store for the first time will immediately see what makes Whole Foods Market different,” adds Mary. “Each morning we will be roasting fresh coffee and baking a delicious selection of breads. With everything under one roof, shoppers can find exactly what they need both for their weekly shop and for ingredients for special occasions.”
The store also has its own cookery demonstration centre – The ‘Acorn’ – as well as indoor and outdoor cafés and a children’s outdoor play area. An on-going programme of family-friendly events will showcase the best seasonal food and drink, in addition to masterclasses, supper clubs and kids activities.
Jeff Turnas, Regional President for Whole Foods Market UK said: “We chose the site in Cheltenham because we felt it offered us a fantastic opportunity to show Cheltenham and the whole of Gloucestershire what we can do.
“We’re very proud of our new store, of our 180 new team members and of course, our 300+ local products which will give our shoppers a fantastic choice of all-natural goods.”
In a Nutshell …
• New Whole Foods Market opens today on the Gallagher Retail Park on the Tewkesbury Road, Cheltenham; ample parking and bike racks
• It re-defines the word ‘supermarket’; a store where you can eat, drink, cook and learn more about natural food, drink, health & beauty
• Sip a craft beer in the garden café; nibble on local British cheeses picked and cut at the counter; grind your own peanut butter; savour a piece of warm ’15 mile’ apple pie; go the ‘whole hog’ and take away a joint of locally bred pork; come and smell the bread baked in the in-store oven; cast an eye over some natural hand creams and choose some English pears to take home. There’s something for everyone!
• The store makes its own bread, dry ages meat and has its own smoker
• It showcases the best in natural beauty and health supplements in the Cotswold region, with European and US brands for skin, hair and body care that are exclusive to Whole Foods Market
• 330 Gloucestershire products from 32 local producers