Thursday, May 4, 2017
Whole Foods Market has opened a new 45,100-square-foot store in Toronto’s Leaside neighbourhood, its sixth location in the city. Two years ago, CEO John Mackey said that Whole Foods would eventually grow its network of Canadian of stores from 10 to 40, but since that time the troubled grocer has pulled back on its plans, cancelling store openings in Calgary and Edmonton although reports say they are still planning to open a North Vancouver location this year.
The new Toronto location is classic Whole Foods, catering to shoppers in an upscale North Toronto neighbourhood. The store features a variety of prepared food venues such as a taco station; a sandwich and burger station; Neapolitan-style self-service pizza; a coffee bar; and freshly made sushi. Salad and hot bars will emphasize freshly prepared salads, build-your-own salad offerings and seasonal hot entrees. The store also features more than 100 varieties of natural, organic and local cheeses; a selection of fresh seafood and shellfish, all harvested using sustainable practices; a large variety of custom-cut meats from in-house butchers; an expanded offering of vegetarian and vegan choices; and a large selection of natural body care items and cosmetics.
“Whole Foods Market Leaside will be a one-stop-shop for kitchen creators, featuring the best tasting natural and organic grocery staples as well as that hard-to-find ingredient,” says Cristina DosSantos, Store Team Leader, Whole Foods Market Leaside.