UPDATE: The new Whole Foods Market 365 will open on Wednesday, August 22.
Houston's first Whole Foods Market 365 is starting to take shape.
Slated to arrive this summer at the intersection of Yale and 610, the 30,000-square-foot grocery store offers a lower-priced alternative to a traditional Whole Foods. The Heights-adjacent outpost will be the concept's second location in Texas, joining one that opened in Austin suburb Cedar Park last year.
Each store includes two "Friends of 365" restaurants that are designed to enhance the shopping experience. In Houston, they will be Peli Peli Kitchen and Juice Society. Both concepts share the store's ethos of serving food that's "free of artificial preservatives, colors, flavors, sweeteners and hydrogenated fats," according to a statement issued May 7.
Peli Peli Kitchen is the fast-casual offshoot of the acclaimed South African restaurant. It serves a variety of naan tacos, plates, and salads. Juice Society is an Austin-based purveyor of cold-pressed juices. CultureMap Austin recommends a juice called The General, which combines greens like kale, spinach, and romaine with lighter elements like cucumber, lemon, and ginger.
“From the food offerings to the store’s design, we’ve built a foundation on the quality standards you’ve come to expect from Whole Foods Market in a fun new format that’s easy to navigate and focused on value in every department,” Jeff Turnas, president of the 365 chain, said when the LA store opened.