I’m not a grocery store loyalist. I go to where the gettin’ is good… which means I typically hit three to four spots before my grocery shopping is complete. Wherever I shop, though, my focus is the same: QUALITY. I want minimally processed, ideally organic, as local as possible, BEAUTIFUL ingredients for my cooking…. and Whole Foods is regularly at the top of my list.
This past weekend I was invited to preview a brand new Whole Foods opening in Tigard, Oregon at 12220 S.W. Scholls Ferry Road. And, you know what? I was beyond impressed. Not only did this store open 140 new jobs, provide a $2000 garden grant (in partnership with FoodCorps) to Mary Woodward Elementary, and donate a palate of food to Tigard’s Good Neighbor Center – the store itself is an environmentally friendly stunner.
What I loved most about the new Greenway store is how quaint it felt. Unlike the grocery Disneyland I feel I’m in when I’m at some of their bigger stores, the Greenway store gave me ease. It’s smaller in scale (it replaced the old Lamb’s Thriftway), and every section felt like a little store within a store – kinda like shopping at an indoor farmers market.
But, hey, I’ll let pictures tell the story:
Overall this new store has everything you’ll expect from a Whole Foods:
- 100% satisfaction on everything you buy
- an exceptional offering of items from local vendors (over 500 in the store!)
- local flowers whenever possible
- extensive wine / craft beer / craft cider offerings
- a full service seafood counter offering seafood that is 100% traceable. Wild caught fish is certified by the Marine Stewardship Council, which is the gold standard for wild caught seafood… and their farmed fish options are all sustainably raised.
- a full service meat counter that will grind or season your meat choices at no extra cost. They feature the best-tasting, freshest, highest quality meats you can buy; all meat is from animals carefully raised without antibiotics or added growth hormones.
- a full service, artisan bakery with more than just typical sweets, and many are baked for diet alternatives, too!
- a gorgeous coffee and juice bar offering Allegro coffee, and freshly made-to-order smoothies and juice
And, this store also has some unique offerings you won’t find anywhere else:
- It’s the ONLY store in Oregon with a fish fry program. Yep – just pick your fish, tell them how you want it seasoned, and they’ll fry it up for you at no extra cost!
- It’s the first store to also have in-store smoked seafood.
- It’s the only store in Oregon with a ‘street food’ inspired food court. And you know what? They’re open to suggestions for what YOU want to see offered by the cart!
So, when does the Tigard Whole Foods open for business?
May 21, 2014, with festivities beginning at 8:30am.
12220 S.W. Scholls Ferry Road
Here’s the scoop on the opening day festivities I encourage you to drop in for:
8:30am – forget ribbon cutting, it’s bread breaking time! Tigard Mayor John Cook, and Beaverton City Councilor Betty Bode, will join Whole Foods Market regional leadership, local suppliers and community partners to break a 4-food long loaf of challah bread, and welcome shoppers into the gorgeous new store.
9:00am – door OPEN!
- The first 100 visitors will receive a Whole Foods gift card ranging from $10-$100! (Gift cards will be handed out in random order.)
- All WF 365 Everyday items (some of my favorite, by the way), will be 25% off
- There will be local vendors galore sampling out their goodies, including: Olympic Provisions, Unbound Pickling, Three Sisters Nixtamal, French Prairie Pork, Aurora Valley Poultry Farms chicken, Henry Higgens Boiled Bagels, Red Ridge Farms Oregon Olive Oil, Blue Fox Farms produce, and Gonzalez Farms berries.
- There’s a cut-and-wrap truckload sale on Copper River Salmon going on from 11am-5pm; and,
- the Southridge Jazz ensemble will play live music during a local wine tasting.
The WF Regional President, Joe Rogoff said, “We designed our Greenway store to cater specifically to the families and residents of this community. We hope the store will become a community gathering place, and a destination for high-quality, affordable food with a focus on local, healthy, organic, and fresh.”
And, you know what? They really did… and I hope so, too.
If you see me there, be sure to say HELLO! I’d love to give you a hug….