Whole Foods East Memphis Grand Opening Set for Jan. 14




A press release was sent out this morning announcing that the grand opening of the new Whole Foods East Memphis store, at 5014 Poplar, has been set for Tuesday, January 14th at 9 a.m.

Some of the details about the new store included in the release:

• in-store smoked barbecue and beer venue

• a scratch bakery

• a growler station with 5 beers on tap

The old grocery space will close for good on Sunday, January 12th at 6 p.m.

The grand opening festivities start at 8 a.m. on Tuesday and include giveaways and live music.

Full release below:

Whole Foods Market® announces grand opening in Memphis Tuesday, January 14
5022 Poplar Avenue location to close Sunday, January 12 at 6 p.m.

MEMPHIS, TN (January 3, 2014) Whole Foods Market (NASDAQ: WFM) announces it will open the doors at its brand new store on Tuesday, January 14, at 9 a.m. The new store, located at 5014 Poplar Avenue opens next-door to the current Poplar Avenue location, which closes for good Sunday, January 12 at 6 p.m. The new 42,000 square-foot store features an organic salad bar, in-store smoked barbecue and beer venue, fresh-made gelato, a scratch bakery, natural body care and nutritional supplements, and a growler station with 5 beers on tap.

“We really look forward to opening our doors and bringing Memphis a brand new store nearly twice the size of our current location,” said Jeff Turngren, Store Team Leader for Whole Foods Market, Memphis. “We are expanding our offerings in all departments, and bringing in new products and new experiences for all our customers.”

Whole Foods Market will host grand opening festivities beginning at 8 a.m. Tuesday, January 14. From 8 — 8:30 a.m. there will be live music, free coffee and a gift card raffle with cards ranging from $5 -$500. A bread-breaking ceremony, similar to a ribbon-cutting, starts at 8:40am.

The new store will also host WEVL’s Rhythm & Brews, a fun night of barbecue, beer and live music on Thursday, January 16, from 5-8 p.m. Tickets are $5 and includes beer sampling and barbecue. All proceeds go to WEVL 89.9.

Whole Foods Market adds approximately 60 additional jobs to the Memphis market and has been named by FORTUNE® magazine as one of the “100 Best Companies to Work For” in the U.S. for 16 consecutive years — every year since the List’s inception. All current team members and leadership will be moving to the new store. Demolition of the old location will begin soon after the move to create more parking spaces and outdoor seating.

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