Whole Foods Now Open in University Place

Grand Opening of the Whole Foods Market Thursday, May 7, 2015, in University Place

Grand Opening of the Whole Foods Market Thursday, May 7, 2015, in University Place. Photo By Patrick Hagerty.

Whole Foods Market opened its first store in Pierce County on May 7. The new store is located at 3515 Bridgeport Way W. in the Village at Chambers Bay. University Place Mayor Denise McCluskey was on hand at the grand opening to break a 4-foot-long loaf of challah bread to open the store to shoppers.

The high-quality natural and organic goods grocery store hopes to provide the city with a place for community members to gather and shop for a wide selection of products and dining options.

The Chambers Bay store will include The Lumberyard, a wood-fired pizza eatery that has a full menu of antipasta, salads, and thin crust or deep-dish pizza. And, because this is Whole Foods, pizza dough is available in wheat-free rice crust.

Another perk of the store is the collaboration of Whole Foods and top local brewers to create a highly curated beer selection. Beer lovers can choose from Wingman Black Currant Saison, Narrows Diver Down IPA, 7 Seas English-style IPA, and Harmon Brewing Co.’s Chambers Bay Summer Open.

If the promise of pizza and beer don’t win over your heart, the store boasts outdoor patio space, custom-ordered fish fry baskets in the seafood department, burger bar with stuffed burger creations, community art, and a plethora of parking spots.

And there’s more! Whole Foods Market has prepared food for on-the-go customers, quality produce and floral, coffee bar, juice bar, excellent meat and seafood department, and artisan bakery.

To commemorate the occasion, Whole Foods presented Kingston’s CB’s Nuts with a Local Producer Loan of $80,000 as part of its Local Producer Loan Program that provides low-interest loans for local and independent food producers.

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