Whole Foods Market, a natural and organic foods supermarket, will open its new location in Maple Grove Wednesday, July 17. The store will be located at 12201 Elm Creek Blvd., and will reflect the company’s green mission.
By adapting an existing building, many materials were reused and a once empty “big box” was filled. Additionally, over 3,000 tons of construction waste was recycled during the retrofitting process. The ceilings are open and unpainted, ductwork and studs are exposed, and much of the concrete is unfinished, saving raw materials from being used and reducing the environmental impact.
Local materials were used wherever possible, from concrete, structural steel and metal studs, to drywall and millwork.
Other Green Mission features include: night covers and doors on refrigerated cases, high-efficiency hand dryers, low-flow faucets and low-flow toilets, air recirculation fans, LED bulbs and motion senors.
Whole Foods Market employs a number of other green mission practices in everyday operations as well. Recycling is present throughout the store for customers and Team Members. The hand-drawn chalkboards featured throughout the store help out the environment as well, by reduce paper and ink usage in every department.
The Maple Grove Whole Foods Market will also partner with the following organizations in the Maple Grove community:
• One Dime at a Time — The first ever One Dime at a Time recipient for the Maple Grove store will be the Maple Grove Arts Center. When customers use a reusable bag between July through September, they will have the choice to take 10 cents off of their bill or donate 10 cents to the nonprofit. The center’s mission is to provide fine art, musical and theatrical exploration and appreciation opportunities.
• Community Support Day — Whole Foods Market Maple Grove will host its first Community Support Day in August, where 5 percent of the day’s net sales will benefit CROSS Food Shelf. CROSS provides food and clothing to those in temporary need, serving the northwest Hennepin County communities of west Champlin, Corcoran, Dayton, Maple Grove, Oseeo and Rogers.
• Neighborhood Brat Party — Whole Foods Market will host a pre-opening Neighborhood Brat Party in the new location’s parking lot from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday, July 10, (in case of rain, check facebook.com/wholefoodsmaplegrove for updates). For a $5 suggested donation per adult (kids eat free), attendees will enjoy a brat, corn and all the fixings, plus live entertainment by local musicians The Seldom Herd Bluegrass Band (vegetarian option will also be available). All proceeds will benefit the 30-Days Foundation, an organization created by local musician Mick Sterling to help those facing unexpected financial setbacks due to illness, injury and the state of the economy. The Foundation provides onetime financial grants for people in real-life crisis, and without delay.
Compiled by Alicia Miller (contact at [email protected])