Jul 10, 2014 08:21AM
● By Dia
On July 8th Colleyville City officials including Mayor David Kelly, and hundreds of area Whole Food fans assembled to welcome the world’s leading organic grocer to the city. There is no denying the booming market before us as another Austin favorite makes its way to Northeast Tarrant County. Whole Foods started in 1980 as one small store in Texas’ capital city and now boasts more than 360 stores across the country. Its newest store is the 44,000 square foot gem off of Glade Road and Highway 26. Colleyville Middle School Cheerleaders and the Heritage High School Drum Line provided even fanfare during the store’s traditional opening ceremony. In place of a typical ribbon cutting Whole Foods personnel stuck to their traditional “bread-breaking” ceremony by tearing into a six-foot loaf of challah bread—just moments before officially opening the doors to hundreds of wide-eyed shoppers.
What lies in store is a feast for the eyes and the stomach with more than 1,000 unique local items curated from more than 200 Texas based suppliers. Roughly a quarter of the Texas based suppliers are from the DFW Metroplex like; Community Beer, Cultivar Coffee and Mop Top hair care. Early entrants were greeted by more than 250 items of organic produce including the store’s signature “flying banana” display. Beyond troves of fresh produce, Whole Foods offers over 300 specialty cheeses, a smokehouse with a complete BBQ bar, environmentally conscious and animal friendly meat and seafood departments, an artisan bakery and the many items from their signature “365 Everyday Value” line. A Neapolitan-style brick pizza oven that cooks fresh made pizzas in just 90 seconds highlights an extreme variety of grab-and-go foods most likely to whet your appetite. And for those too busy to shop, send an email to Whole Foods concierge service and they will do the legwork for you!