The newest business opened in Maple Grove Wednesday, July 17, to a large crowd.
Whole Foods Market opened a new location in Maple Grove within the Shoppes at Arbor Lakes.
Despite the warm, muggy weather, people lined up outside of Whole Foods to be able to shop inside once the doors officially opened. On hand at the opening festivities were Maple Grove Mayor Mark Steffenson, City Councilors Phil Leith and Leann Sargent, as well as store officials and staff. Part of the store opening was a “bread breaking” ceremony, which took place instead of a traditional ribbon cutting.
The store has recycled barn wood that is used throughout the store, including on signs as well as part of the back wall.
Jen Finger, marketing and community relations at the Maple Grove Whole Foods, said each store adds specific history and names from the community it is located. At the Maple Grove site, sandwiches are named after areas in Maple Grove and there is also some history of Osseo and Pierre Bottineau.
Whole Foods prides itself on selling the highest quality of natural and organic products available. There is also a large selection of gluten free and dairy free foods. There is a fresh seafood case where the products are shipped in daily.
In the fresh meat area, there is a 5-step animal welfare rating, which lets customers know how the animals were raised. The meat is also from surrounding Midwest states and is also shipped in daily. Specific cuts of meats are available at a customer’s request, as well as ready to grill/cook items.
Customers are able to find artisan cheeses with staff that is able to give out recommendations. The Maple Grove store has a sushi area, pizza, sandwiches and bakery were products are made daily. Finger said there are cooks in these areas that will into the store to get products to make the fresh foods for sale.
There are several hot food bars, as well as a salad bar area, olive bar and freshly made gelato. Customers are also able to get gelato on a stick, which is new the Maple Grove store.
A small selection of organic shirts, shoes and socks are available, as well as make-up and other body products.
Finger said the Whole Foods green cleaning products have every ingredient listed on the bottle, which is not required but Whole Foods feels it wants to do.
The Maple Grove location also has a children’s play area. Children must be supervised. There is also an area were patrons can purchase fresh coffee and cold drinks. Finger said, “We are the only location with a full service coffee and smoothie bar. A few other locations offer plain coffee by the cup.”