New Salt Lake Whole Foods Market opens its doors

After more than two years of planning and construction, the new Trolley Square Whole Foods Market opened its doors to the public. It is the first Whole Foods Market built from the ground up in Utah.

The store replaces the old Fourth South Whole Foods Market around the corner from the Trolley Square location. The new building is more than twice the size of the old location and will bring 69 new jobs, as well as keeping all the employees from the other store.

“We’re committed to helping the tradition of Whole Foods grow as we launch the new store,” said Corinne Piazza, the marketing specialist. “We focus on local, organic and healthy options. We truly are America’s healthiest grocery store.”

Whole Foods Market is a nationwide grocery store that has more than 300 stores in North America and Great Britain. The stores focus on locally-grown produce, fair-trade products and healthy options. The store also carries products for specific diets such as vegan breads and gluten-free products. Whole Foods Markets has four locations in Utah; three along the Wasatch Front and one in Park City.

The new location launches a variety of venues for the Whole Foods Markets in Utah. The construction of the building was done with green initiatives in mind, Piazza said.  When the building was under construction, excess materials were recycled, all wood products were certified, recycled materials were used whenever possible and the floors were built with polished concrete for sustainability and lower maintenance.

The building uses energy efficient processes including reclaiming heat from the refrigeration system to preheat water. All lighting fixtures and lamps are energy efficient.

“We really pride ourselves on focusing on sustainability and our new store gave us the opportunity to build the most energy-efficient building possible,” Piazza said.

The new location will have enough space to offer all the products the Whole Foods Market team wanted, Piazza said. It is the first Utah location with a seafood section separate of the meat department. The seafood department has fresh fish flown in six days a week. The meat department has freshly cured beef as well as a full-service butcher and extremely fresh meat. The department also has store-made products such as sausage and other meat products.

The new location will also feature a full-service bakery with fresh cookies from Ruby Snap, formerly known as My Dough Girl. The store will even have a signature Trolley Square chocolate-blond shortbread cookie said Ruby Snap owner Tami Cromar.

“Our cookies have no shortening, nothing artificial and are 100 percent yummy,” Cromar said.

The new store also has a large selection of food venues including an Asian wok station, a burrito bar, sandwich bar, pizza bar, gelato bar, gourmet coffee and an expanded salad bar.

The new parking structure has 250 parking spaces and there is also 15-minute express parking. The store opened on Monday to the public and is open from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Seth Bracken

Seth Bracken is the editor of QSaltLake

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