Houston's newest Whole Foods Market will debut next month. The grocery store's eagerly anticipated Midtown location will open to the public at 8 am on Thursday, November 7, the company announced.
First announced four years ago, the 40,400-square-foot location in the Pearl Marketplace mixed-use development will be slightly smaller than its corporate siblings in Montrose, The Woodlands, and the Memorial area, all of which are about 45,000 square feet. The Galleria area's flagship store encompasses a considerably more substantial 55,000 square feet.
Still, the new store offers all the features shoppers expect, including an extensive selection of meat, seafood, produce, bulk items. The cheese department will offer grab-and-go cheese plates as well as wine pairing suggestions. In-house cicerones will be able to guide drinkers through the craft beer section, which includes 40 locally-brewed options, according to a release.
Coffee drinkers will enjoy the store's Briggo coffee robot. The Austin-based company's machines allow users to create customized coffee drinks that will keep them fully caffeinated.
Other features include discounts for Amazon Prime members, an extensive selection of prepared foods, and a number of beauty products, including 12 from local suppliers.
On opening day, the store will donate 5 percent of its net sales to local non-profit Urban Harvest. Thereafter, it will be open daily from 7 am - 10 pm.
"We’re thrilled to bring Whole Foods Market to Midtown Houston” store team leader Patrick Mcilvain said in a statement. “In addition to its large selection of locally sourced options, grab-and-go prepared foods and natural and organic grocery items, this store will offer exciting features like products that are exclusive to Whole Foods Market Midtown Houston, unique venues for coffee, juices and smoothies and décor inspired by Midtown’s art district.”