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Whole Foods makes its long awaited debut in West Seattle | Westside Seattle Skip to main content Secondary links Subscribe Advertise Contact Us Search Westside Seattle if (typeof googletag !== "undefined") { googletag.cmd.push(function() { googletag. }); } NewsBallardHighlineWest SeattleFeaturesBallardHighlineWest SeattleSportsBallardHighlineWest SeattleOpinionCalendarBallardHighlineWest SeattleArts & EntertainmentBallardHighlineWest SeattleObitsBallardHighlineWest SeattleEatBallardHighlineWest SeattleTrafficBallardWest SeattleMoneyPrint Edition Recent Articles Whole Foods makes its long awaited debut in West Seattle   Burien Passes Rental Housing Policies Jerry's View: My first kiss Fire on Market Street in Ballard burns out several businesses Seattle Parks is seeking input on the Hiawatha play area relocation Sunset of the week 10-7-19 if (typeof googletag !== "undefined") { googletag.cmd.push(function() { googletag. }); } Trending Whole Foods makes its long awaited debut in West Seattle   Burien Passes Rental Housing Policies Jerry's View: My first kiss Fire on Market Street in Ballard burns out several businesses Seattle Parks is seeking input on the Hiawatha play area relocation Sunset of the week 10-7-19 Whole Foods makes its long awaited debut in West Seattle Whole Foods makes its long awaited debut in West Seattle New store offers thousands of products from local producers, extensive grab-and-go options, a variety of natural and organic grocery items and a full-service coffee, juice and tea bar if (typeof googletag !== "undefined") { googletag.cmd.push(function() { googletag. }); } Whole Foods West Seattle is 45,000 square feet of food, and a lot more.  Photo by Patrick Robinson     Tue, 10/08/2019 Whole Foods, once slated to be built at Fauntleroy and Alaska Street but whose original development was stalled (resulting in a construction pit for a few years) finally found a home across the street from its first target and the store's grand opening on Oct. 9, will show that the company (and it's still relatively new parent Amazon) are serious about keeping things organic, local and with a stunning variety of foods both fresh and packaged. "We like to think we do the homework for the customer," a company spokesperson said in regard to the kind of research and buying they do for products that have no chemicals, or additives. Located at 4755 Fauntleroy Way SW in The Whittaker Apartment Complex, the new 45,000 square-foot store is celebrating the grand opening with music and complimentary samples from local vendors before the store opens. As part of the opening day festivities, the first 300 customers will receive a Whole Foods Market West Seattle reusable canvas tote bag, including snacks and a savings card with a mystery value ranging between $5 and $100. “As a West Seattle resident, I’m so excited to welcome my neighbors to their new Whole Foods Market,” said Gary Ruiz, Store Team Leader. “We’re thrilled to offer our customers access to an extensive selection of prepared foods, grocery, and body care items that all meet Whole Foods Market’s unparalleled quality standards, thousands of locally sourced items and indoor and outdoor seating where customers can enjoy coffee or a meal in a contemporary, bright setting with Seattle-inspired design elements.” Offering a selection of locally sourced options, grab-and-go prepared foods and natural and organic grocery items, all food at Whole Foods Market must meet the company’s rigorous quality standards, which prohibit hydrogenated fats, high-fructose corn syrup and artificial sweeteners. In addition, all beauty and body care products must meet the company’s body care standards, which ban animal testing and more than a hundred commonly used ingredients. Special features of the store include: Fresh produce department with seasonal fruits and vegetables, including selections from over 10 local growers Full-service butcher department featuring in-house-made sausages, kebabs and chicken from local suppliers Seafood department offering fresh and frozen seafood, with all offerings either sustainable wild caught or responsibly farmed, including options from local suppliers such as Gerard & Dominique Seafoods, Penn Cove Shellfish and C & H Fish Company Specialty foods section featuring cheeses, chocolates and pasta from more than 100 local suppliers such as Washington-based Cascadia Creamery, Joe Chocolate Co and Lagana Foods; the cheese selection is overseen by an in-store American Cheese Society Certified Cheese Professional who can offer expertise and recommendations for any request or occasion  Expansive in-house bakery offering an array of self-served baked goods such as cookies, cakes and breads, with many items for special diets and from local bakeries such as Flying Apron, Macrina Bakery and The Essential Baking Company Prepared foods section with a wide selection of hot and cold food bars, including a salad bar, soup wells and stations for tacos, gourmet sandwiches, pizza, sushi, rotisserie chickens, charcuterie and plant-based offerings Brews and Blends: a full-service coffee, juice and tea bar offering seasonal varieties like pumpkin and caramel-flavored drinks and made-to-order juice, smoothies and acai bowls Beauty and body care department featuring products from various local suppliers including candles from Big Dipper Wax Works, selections from Alaffia Body Care and natural hair products from Phillip Adam Haircare Expansive selection of beer, wine and spirits with over 300 offerings from local producers, such as Lobo Hills, Tin Dog Brewing and Seattle Cider Co Products throughout the store from more than 700 local and regional suppliers, 15 of which are recipients of Whole Foods Market’s Local Producer Loan Program, which provides low-interest loans to local producers to help grow their businesses Ample parking options, with nearly 200 spots designated for Whole Foods Market customers In the prepared foods department, the store has 12 soup wells; 1 full hot bar with 24 options for a variety of comfort foods (such as mac and cheese, roasted veggies, mashed potatoes, etc.) as well as Italian, Vietnamese, and Indian cuisines and seasonal options; and 2 cold bars featuring about 70 different salad ingredients In the frozen grocery aisle, you’ll find ice cream from about 40 different brands and frozen pizzas from roughly 20 different suppliers Amazon Prime members who shop at Whole Foods Market have access to a number of benefits year-round, like deep discounts on dozens of select popular products each week and an additional 10 percent off hundreds of in-store sale items. In addition, eligible Prime members receive five percent back on Whole Foods Market purchases when using the Amazon Prime Rewards Visa Card. To celebrate joining the community, five percent of the store’s net sales on October 17 will benefit the West Seattle Helpline, which offers emergency assistance for members of the West Seattle and White Center communities. From opening day through the end of the year, all donations from Whole Foods Market’s bag credit program, which provides a credit to customers who bring their own shopping bags, will go to the West Seattle Food Bank, an organization dedicated to providing the community with access to safe and nutritious food. Whole Foods Market West Seattle employs approximately 120 full and part-time team members. Following the grand opening, the store will be open from 8 a.m. – 9 p.m. daily. Whole Foods Market has 10 additional stores in Washington. Deliveries to the store are worked out on a schedule. Prior to the construction of The Whittaker, while Whole Foods was still only a consideration, concern was expressed that traffic on Fauntleroy Way SW, considered to be a primary transportation route due to the connection to the Fauntleroy Ferry, would be severely impacted. A store spokesperson acknowledged that due to the company's policy for having products with minimal preservatives, more frequent deliveries are required but that many occur at off hours or are done in a sequence to have the least traffic impact.  For more information visit https://www.wholefoodsmarket.com/stores/westseattle. The coffee, tea and smoothie bar menu reveals some unique choices. Photo by Patrick Robinson.  The Nut Butter Grinders (at left) and extensive selection of bulk foods are a regular fixture at Whole Foods stores. Photo by Patrick Robinson.  Local suppliers are acknowledged with signage throughout the store. Photo by Patrick Robinson.  The range of foods is surprising from Bison and Venison jerky to conventional beef and chicken. Photo by Patrick Robinson.  One of the largest selections of canned and bottled beer in West Seattle has a healthy local representation too. Photo by Patrick Robinson.  Quiches, chicken pot pies, popcorn chicken, hummus and pita bread, deviled eggs are part of the packaged food to go. Photo by Patrick Robinson.  Denise Breyley, Forager  points out the multiple types of ready to go salads, pastas, and more in the case. Photo by Patrick Robinson.  A cheese monger's favorite Cave Aged Gruyere is aged roughly 120 days. But the recipe is 900 years old.  Photo by Patrick Robinson  Keeping the emphasis on local Whole Foods carries these  meat products from Olympia. Photo by Patrick Robinson.  The store can trace the source of the seafood it sells back to the boat in many cases. Photo by Patrick Robinson.  Are you an ingredients reader? Whole Foods  understands that even for baked goods they make on site. Photo by Patrick Robinson.  As you'd expect, there's plenty of fresh produce, and it's organic of course. Photo by Patrick Robinson.  A mural by Sarah Robbins. local artist graces the east wall. Photo by Patrick Robinson.  A product making its debut at the Grand Opening is Salmon Jerky from FishPeople. Photo by Patrick Robinson.  Whole Foods even has Keto ice cream, among 40 different brands. Photo by Patrick Robinson. The prepared foods area out in front of the large kitchen. Photo by Patrick Robinson.  Multiple pizzas offered by the slice are ready to go. Photo by Patrick Robinson.  Alki 1601 Whiskey, 122 proof! A blend hand picked by Whole Foods for the West Seattle location. Photo by Patrick Robinson.  The colorfully painted meat department offers custom cuts of meat. Photo by Patrick Robinson.  No need to wait in line to place your order. These order kiosks let you make all your choices so you can save time. Photo by Patrick Robinson.  Another local supplier Flying Apron bakery supplies Whole Foods with Gluten Free and Vegan baked goods. Photo by Patrick Robinson.  A large West Seattle sign is mounted over the dairy cases. Photo by Patrick Robinson.  When the weather permits, outdoor seating is available. Photo by Patrick Robinson.  A dining and seating area is walled off by glass. Photo by Patrick Robinson.  Pre-packaged fruit in a large selection. Photo by Kimberly Robinson.  Even the soap is organic. Photo by Kimberly Robinson.  Shopping- Highline Times Robinson Papers West Seattle Herald Add new comment Your name Comment About text formats CAPTCHA This question is for testing whether or not you are a human visitor and to prevent automated spam submissions. 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