North Vancouver, Canada (April 25, 2018) – The first Whole Foods Market in North Vancouver opens its doors to the public on Thursday, April 26th at 9am. It’s the sixth Whole Foods Market to open in greater Vancouver, and the second for the North Shore.
Located at 120 13th Street E, North Vancouver, the 40,000-square foot store features over 300 vendors from British Columbia, including exclusives with Moonshine Mama and Umaluma . The store décor pays homage to North Vancouver’s history as a shipyard town, with custom copper light fixtures that are inspired by nautical spotlights. The colors and materials used in the store evoke the mountains, forest and sky of British Columbia, and architectural elements throughout reflect one of Vancouver’s most iconic sites, Capilano Suspension Bridge.
“We’re excited to finally be a part of North Vancouver, and look forward to opening our doors and becoming a hub for the community, said Angela Lorenzen, Whole Foods Market Regional President for the Pacific Northwest. “Our store is not only where people can buy their groceries; it’s also a place where folks can convene, gather, and connect with their neighbors. We’ve given a lot of consideration to the incredible BC producers, farmers and suppliers we carry in the store, and are grateful to everyone who worked so hard to make WFM North Van a reality.”
Whole Foods Market North Vancouver will also feature the Iron Keel, an eatery with a full service bar and café. Iron Keel’s cuisine focuses on seasonally inspired tartins, or open faced sandwiches served on toasted Terra Breads heritage sourdough levain bread. The bar, which will host a daily happy hour, includes twelve taps that spotlight BC beers, cider, and Brew Dr. Kombucha.
Whole Foods Market carefully selects each product sold to ensure they all contain the highest quality ingredients, which means no hydrogenated fats, high-fructose corn syrup, or artificial flavours, colors and preservatives are allowed in any foods sold. Highlights throughout the North Vancouver store include:
Allegro Coffee Bar: Exclusive to Whole Foods Market, Allegro Coffee buys and roasts only specialty Arabica beans, which represents the top 10 percent of all the beans produced in the world. From that 10 percent, Allegro only purchases the best tasting beans, which means that Whole Foods Market shoppers get the highest quality. The bar also features a full service juice bar with a variety of freshly made juices, like wheatgrass, green drinks, fruit and vegetable juices, and smoothies using local and organic produce. The menu includes kid-sized smoothies, making it truly a family experience.
Affordable, High Quality Produce: Find fruits and vegetables at their peak ripeness, with an emphasis on seasonal selections. Cherries, stone fruit and corn dominate our summer picks, while apples, pears and hard squash will be featured in the fall and winter seasons. Local producers include Harkers, Cawston Cold Storage, OriginO and Lina’s Garden.
Fresh Meat & Seafood: Look for fresh Western Canadian beef from Northern British Columbia and Alberta. Other BC producers include McLean Meats, Black Forest Meats, Rossdown Farms, JD Farms and Thomas Reid Farms. Our resident butchers will custom cut a steak or roast, and all our sausages are ground in-house, so customers get the freshest product possible. Whole Foods Market North Vancouver also offers a wide variety of smoked in-house seafood. Our fishmongers will fillet a whole fish, skin and debone, peel and devein shrimp, and shuck oysters at no extra charge. BC local products include Salt Spring Island Mussels, Fanny Bay Oysters, Nanuk, and West Coast Select.
Specialty: Taste the world’s finest local and organic artisan cheese, a wide variety of pickles, olives, pates, fresh pastas, and nitrate-free cured meats. A thoughtfully curated selection of locally produced products also includes Paradise Island Cheese, Little Qualicum Cheese, Happy Days Goat Cheese, Farm House Natural Cheese, Kootenay Alpine Cheese, Salt Spring Island Cheese, Black Forest Meats, Golda’s Pesto and Old Country Pasta. A carefully curated selection of local BC chocolates and confections can also be found, including Thomas Haas and Lisa Lou’s.
Fresh Baked Goods: Pick up some dairy free mochi, priced individually and available in Vanilla, Chocolate, Strawberry and Salted Caramel. Or try a fresh waffle, made in North Vancouver at Patisserie Labeau and then topped in house. We use local products, including BC producer Anita’s Flour, and carry cookies from Le Gateau.
Whole Foods Market North Vancouver has created over 160 new jobs for the new store at 13th and Lonsdale. Interested applicants can visit joinwfm.com/Vancouver.
Customers can follow @wholefoodsbc on Instagram for news about Whole Foods Market North Vancouver and opening day activities. For more information on Whole Foods Market North Vancouver, email PNmedia@wholefoods.com.