Over the weekend I got sneak peek as part of a media tour of the new Whole Foods in the Alston Town Shopping Center located at 5055 Arco Street in West Cary – just off exit 66 on I-540. The new grocery store opens to the public Tuesday, November 7th at 9am. It is roughly 35,000 feet in size and is probably one of the nicest Whole Foods stores I have ever visited.
Of course like most whole foods there are tons of healthy items for sale with several local vendors featured. There is also a huge prepared foods section, expansive wine and beer selection and very cool and very large growler filling station. On the tour I also learned that you can actually enjoy a pint of beer while you shop and that most of their shopping carts are actually equipped with a cup holder to secure your glass (or other drink).
One special highlight of this particular Whole Foods is its partnership with Missy and Lionel Vatinet of La Farm Bakery to incorporate a La Farm Cafe’ in the store. The 1,500 sq/ft of cafe space is beautifully designed and includes ample indoor and outdoor seating. It features a European hearth oven and a full selection of breads, coffee and espresso service (using locally roasted Counter Culture Coffee) and a café menu with salads, soups, and sandwiches.
Grand Opening Activities
To celebrate the grand opening of this Whole Foods location the first 500 customers will receive gift cards ranging in amounts from $5 to $50 and the first 50 customers will receive free La Farm bread.
West Cary Whole Foods
5055 Arco Street