AUSTIN, Texas (August 20, 2013) – Whole Foods Market announced today that their newest Austin area store will open at the Domain on Jan. 15, 2014, and that the Gateway store, located 2.8 miles from the Domain, will remain open.
“After careful consideration, we’ve made the decision to keep the Gateway store open in addition to opening the Domain as a new location in Austin. Our guests have told us that they’d like to continue shopping at Gateway,” said Mark Dixon, Regional President for the company’s southwest region. “Every store is unique and offers shoppers an experience unlike any other grocery store. This is an exciting opportunity for our shoppers and Team Members; we’re ready to add our fifth store to the Austin metro.”
The new store at the Domain will be the second largest Whole Foods Market in Austin at just over 65,000 square feet. On average across the company’s southwest region, stores sit at 35,000-40,000 square feet. A store of this size can employ up to 300 Team Members, and a job fair will occur closer to the opening date to support this growth.
The January Domain store opening will include Whole Foods Market’s traditional bread-breaking ceremony, as well as a series of grand opening events taking place throughout the week. Whole Foods Market is also planning to host a pre-opening event where guests can get a sneak peek of the store before completion.
“Inviting our community partners and neighbors to join us in the opening festivities is one of the most fun pieces of opening a new store,” says Rachel Malish, community relations coordinator for the company’s Austin stores. “The Domain store will really be a destination, and we’re excited to begin sharing some of the unique features that make this store so special to our guests.”
Details and dates for pre-opening events have not been announced, but Whole Foods Market encourages guests to look for updates on the Domain store on their social media channels Whole Foods Market Austin and @WholeFoodsATX.
About Whole Foods Market® Founded in 1980 in Austin, Texas, Whole Foods Market (wholefoodsmarket.com, NASDAQ: WFM), is the leading natural and organic food retailer. As America’s first national certified organic grocer, Whole Foods Market was named “America’s Healthiest Grocery Store” by Health magazine. The company’s motto, “Whole Foods, Whole People, Whole Planet”™ captures its mission to ensure customer satisfaction and health, Team Member excellence and happiness, enhanced shareholder value, community support and environmental improvement. Thanks to the company’s more than 73,000 Team Members, Whole Foods Market has been ranked as one of the “100 Best Companies to Work For” in America by FORTUNE magazine for 15 consecutive years. In fiscal year 2012, the company had sales of $11.7 billion and currently has more than 340 stores in the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom.