Whole Foods Market’s first commuter store is finally open. What makes this store different from the other Whole Foods Markets in the chain is that its focus is on the ease of shopping. The store’s ready-to-go coolers are stocked with items for the 150,000 busy daily visitors to the Town of Addison as well as convenient for town’s 15,000 residents.
With each new store Whole Foods opens, there is always something new and “green.” The Village on the Parkway, 40,000 square foot building features two electric vehicle-charging stations, 21 skylights that calibrate to dim when additional lighting isn’t needed and reclaimed Texas wood or new wood from the Forest Stewardship Council that is environmentally-responsible forest management). The store has a very expansive feel to it.
The artwork is reflective of Whole Foods commitment to the community and features signage with airplanes of the local airport as well as the store’s ongoing partnership with the North Texas Food Bank.
The produce department boasts over 20 fresh squeezed juices, over 100 varieties of cut fruit and vegetables and over 350 organic items.
The 44-foot bulk department carries 244 grains/beans/cereals/seeds/nuts/snacks; 30 dried herbs and spices, plus bulk flavored vinegars and dry ingredients. In addition it has grinders for nut butters, including chocolate peanut butter or almond, local honey and syrups.
There is more than cheese in the cheese department. There are over 550 varieties of cut-to-order & pre-packaged cheese, nut mixes, marinated cheese curds, goat cheese dips, olive recipes with spices and citrus.
In coffee and juices there is a large bulk coffee selection with in-house grinders, a nice selection of Fair Trade teas and coffees and the “Squeeze and Grind” coffee and juice bar features Whole Foods Market’s Allegro coffee. It also features a custom-made Strada espresso machine with variable pressures so each drink is hand-made to your specifications. Plus juice and smoothies are on the menu or can be custom-created.
In the meat and seafood department there are four flavors of stuffed burgers. A new local lamb program: Dorset ram crossed with Persian ewe, from Central Texas, Korean BBQ Flanken-style beef ribs, pork spare ribs, habanero smoked salmon jerky and smokehouse plate lunches.
To kickback and contemplate your shopping list there is the “Spirit of ‘76” Bar with 25 beverages on tap: 17 beer, 6 wine, 1 cold brew coffee and 1 root beer that is part of the rotating local beverages. Drinks can be taken throughout the store and happy hour is Tuesday through Thursday from 2 – 5 p.m. Gourmet grilled cheese is made at the bar.
Beer growlers, wine boars, kegs and a 24-foot cooler of beers from around the world is available to take beer home.
A cool way to say thanks to a friend is the “Buy a Buddy a Beer” program: you pay for a beverage for a friend, their name is written on the chalkboard and they can redeem it when they come in.
“Wine Geek” picks featured in department, with community picks from local oenophiles, sommeliers, chefs, members of the media (be sure to look for my recommendations).
The bakery has more than 50 artisan, hearth-baked breads, cakes and pastry selections including single-serve panna cotta (lovely presentation that is great for small parties). Plus, there is a large selection of gluten-free breads and desserts.
Everybody is busy and the best thing about the new Village on the Parkway, Addison Whole Foods Market store is all of the prepared foods. (They even have a bunch of prepared items for vegans!)
In the prepared foods area there are made-to-order breakfast sandwiches until 11 a.m., a hot carving station for sandwiches, a “Take & Bake” pizza section – you can call in advance and custom create your pizza, sushi bar and a taqueria.
In the “Grab & Go” area there are 20 feet of pre-packaged salads, family meal solutions, entrees (full and mini-size). There are three different varieties of vegan chick’n salad. All of them are amazing and would easily fool a non-vegan.
There are self-serve salad and hot food bars, with weekly featured cuisines that includes fish, vegetarian, Bell & Evans chicken and step-rated beef and pork.
There is so much emphasis on food that it is easy to forget that it is a grocery store and carries life necessities too. The Addison store is launching the exclusive vegan bulk bar soap by “Good Bar” and carries, vitamins and baby products like diapers and baby food.
Too busy to shop? Whole Foods offers a concierge service. Guests can email or call 214-854-3334 in their grocery order and the members of the concierge desk do the shopping. The first personal shop is free and it can be for groceries, gift baskets, pantry stocks and healthy office break room food.
Whole Foods Market Addison is open from 7:30 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. seven days a week and is located at the southeast corner of Belt Line Road and the Dallas Tollway at 5100 Belt Line Road, Addison, Texas 75254.
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