Honolulu, HI (April 17, 2018) – Whole Foods Market, America’s Healthiest Grocery Store®, opens the doors of its newest natural and organic community market in Honolulu, HI on May 9.
Located in Ward Village, Whole Foods Market Queen employs approximately 300 team members. The Queen store marks the largest and fourth Whole Foods Market location in Hawaii, becoming the new flagship store for the Hawaiian Islands.
“We’re excited to open the doors of our new Whole Foods Market Queen store for the Islands and to showcase the wonderful culinary creations found within the local communities across the state,” said Queen Store Team Leader Annalee England.
The 72,000-square foot, 2-level space features over 900 unique locally made, grown or raised in Hawaii products including exclusives with Moku Pua soap, Sweet Aloha Organic Honey, Oahu Kauai Juice Co. Fermented Hot Sauces and Hala Tree Coffee and Friends of Whole Foods Market partners like Lanikai Juice’s in-store smoothie and juice bar. Dining selections can be enjoyed on the go or at the indoor and outdoor seating areas. The store décor pays homage to the island’s community, culture and beauty.
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 flavors, colors and preservatives are allowed in any foods sold. Highlights throughout the Queen store include:
- Local Produce and Floral – Over 60 local suppliers make up the produce and floral section of the store. Guests can enjoy the made-in-house Ko Hana Heirloom Sugar Cane Juice. The produce section will only carry non-GMO papaya and corn.
- Local Meats – At the meat department, explore specialty cuts and marinade flavors like shabu-shabu, yakiniku, curry, huli huli, and teriyaki. Other highlights include the local grass-fed beef from Big Island Beef, market made sausages and bacons and in-house dry aged beef steaks that are cut and trimmed daily. Selection of meats are sourced locally from multiple ranches all over Hawaii.
- Lanikai Juice – A local favorite, the juicery has their own bar in store providing fresh cold pressed juices, smoothies and bowls.
- La Tour Cafe – Using fresh baked artisan breads and local produce, La Tour Café offers hearty and flavorful banh mi sandwiches to the new location inside Whole Foods Market Queen.
- Juicy Brew – Customers can find their dynamic and fresh vegan menu items in store including the Luau Stew, Kalo Crunch Salad and Ulu Chowder.
- From Block to Bowl – A large selection of the local fish is purchased daily from one mile away at the Honolulu Fish Mart. Guests can enjoy the poke bowl pop up bar that features 7-15 varieties of poke and options to customize with toppers such as fresh fruit, veggies, nuts and seasonings.
- Allegro Coffee Bar – This coffee bar will wake up any guest as the high-tech BKON Craft Single Cup Brew machine beautifully swirls tea leaves for made to order cups of hot tea. Iced tea lovers will have the option of 3 flavors of nitro teas on tap and 2 milk tea options that you can customize with a Boba add-in.
- Largest Hot Bar in the Region – Spanning over 2 bars featuring 43 hot wells, guests can enjoy everything from a large variety of smoked meats to a wide selection of mac & cheese’s including vegan mac, pork belly mac, roasted tomato spinach mac, jalapeno mac and brisket mac.
- Sit back and relax – Come in for a culinary experience at the bar where you can enjoy exclusive beers from Waikiki Brewing along with the 24 total beers on tap. Pair your favorite brew with menu options such as tempura, yakitori, the Tonkatsu Burger or the Kalbi Glazed Burger.
- Whole Foods Market Brand Shop – The first ever dedicated retail brand shop inside Whole Foods Market will include branded items such as reusable bags, beach towels and hats.
Whole Foods Market Queen will also host a Community Giving Day in conjunction with the store opening where five percent of the day’s net sales will be donated to Mala ‘Ai ‘Opio (MA’O Organic Farms). The organization hires student interns to work on the farm growing organic fruits and vegetables in exchange for partial school tuition while cultivating youth leadership in Waiʻanae.