(Milford, CT– November 4, 2009) – Whole Foods Market (NASDAQ: WFMI), the world’s leading natural and organic foods supermarket and America’s first national certified organic grocer, will open its doors in Milford, Connecticut on Wednesday, November 11, 2009 at 8 a.m.  The new, 31,000 square foot store, located at 1686 Boston Post Road at Milford Marketplace in Milford, Connecticut, is the company’s 287th store, and will open just in time to serve area shoppers during the busy holiday season. 

To celebrate the opening, Whole Foods Market will hold a special sneak-preview event complete with tastings and giveaways for the public on Monday, November 9, 2009, 5-8 p.m. Entry to the event is $10, with all proceeds benefiting the Connecticut Food Bank.

“We are very pleased to provide the residents of Connecticut’s Milford area access to our wide selection of delicious, all-natural foods,” said Christina Minardi, president of Whole Foods Market’s Northeast Region.  “At a time of year when so many families are focusing on food for holiday gatherings, we will offer our customers convenient, one-stop shopping experiences that will help them prepare for their celebrations with many enticing, high-quality options.”

The new store will offer a host of exciting features including an extensive produce section with seasonal offerings, including locally grown fruits and vegetables.  In line with Whole Foods Market’s commitment to strict animal-welfare quality standards, the meat department provides shoppers the highest quality meat free of antibiotics and added hormones. The indulgent bakery department will offer customers baked goods for all hosting and dining needs, including fresh breads, muffins, scones, pies and a variety of gluten-free options.   The store’s prepared foods section will offer a wide variety of everyday favorites for meals on-the-go, including hot soups, roast chickens, house-made paninis, sushi and an assortment of hot and cold bar options that showcasing a collection of raw, vegan and no-oil choices.

Those interested in attending the sneak preview event on Monday, November 9, 2009, 5 – 8 p.m., please visit http://milford.wholefoodsmarketevents.com to RSVP. Or, contact Ivy Goldberg, 646-300-6686 or events@organicworkspr.com.