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Whole Foods Market Confirms Maple Grove Store Opening

The natural and organic foods supermarket plans on opening the 34,000 square-foot store in 2013 in the former Ultimate Electronics location.

Whole Foods Market confirmed today in a press release that it is planning on opening a new store in Maple Grove.

The 34,000 square-foot store will be located at 12201 Elm Creek Boulevard in Maple Grove, the site.

The business anticipating a mid-2013 opening in Maple Grove, according to Whole Foods Public Relations Manager Kate Klotz.

“The Twin Cities continues to be an area of growth for us,” said Michael Bashaw, Midwest regional president in a press release. “We’re extremely excited to expand our offering of natural and organic products to an even greater customer base and to do so in a bustling area such as Maple Grove.”

The lease on the Maple Grove location was finalized last week, according to Marketing Director Jennie Zafft who said Whole Foods will be a "really good fit" for the area. 

Whole Foods Market stated a fifth Minnesota location is also being built in downtown Minneapolis at Hennepin and Washington.

The store will feature natural and organic foods and focus on fresh, organic fruits and vegetables, specialty items, high-quality meats and poultry, everyday pantry staples and sustainable seafood, according to the business. The store will also contain a separate liquor store with a variety of wines and specialty beers.

“This new store will not only reflect the qualities and attributes of our existing stores, it will help us continue our commitment to our local communities,” said Bashaw. “From an increased store size, to a varying product mix and our unparalleled community support initiatives, we can’t wait to share the Whole Foods Market experience with even more Minnesotans.”

Whole Foods Market estimates it will add approximately 125 additional jobs in the Twin Cities, according to the press release. The company also discussed a “commitment” to each of the communities it serves – such as quarterly Community Support Days when a percentage of sales for one day are donated to a local nonprofit as well as regular donations to local food banks.

“These stores will allow us to deepen our connections within the community,” Bashaw said. “We look forward to building strong relationships with our neighborhood partners in our new communities.”

Information provided by Whole Foods in a May 2, 2012 press release.

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Laura May 03, 2012 at 12:01 AM
I'm excited!
Deb Kropp May 03, 2012 at 02:07 PM
I am so delighted to have Whole Foods in Maple Grove! I am a celiac and I first went to Whole Foods by Lake Calhoun. Now I go to the one by Ridgedale. I am excited to have one where I live! I will be there often! I especially like your fat free balsomic vinegar dressing. Deb Kropp
keith May 05, 2012 at 12:19 AM
Great! I just added another stop to my grocery shopping--a hobby of mine. Trader Joe's, Whole Foods, Byerlys, and Cub Foods. I can't wait!
Somebody May 05, 2012 at 02:21 AM
It's right next door to Trader Joe's. What's the point in that? How about off 30 and 94? Or Bass Lk Rd and 101? Or 10 other better places in MG. Seriously... plus that parking lot is already jam packed from the Trader Joe's cars - where do they think people will park?
Cathy May 05, 2012 at 10:44 PM
I think next to Trader Joe's is a perfect location. They both offer great food but not always the same food. The items I can't get at one I get at the other. Now I won't have to drive across town to get my shopping done. I think they will share a lot of customers. Good Marketing choice. I do wish they had better parking, but with both stores there I will use the ramp.
stephanie perron May 09, 2012 at 01:38 PM
I think this will be great addition to Maple Grove. Excellent reflection on the type of consumers we want shopping in our city.
Wendy Erlien May 09, 2012 at 02:28 PM
I haven't visited a Whole Foods Market in Minnesota yet - I did check one out in San Diego a few times. For those who shop there, what's your recommended "must check out" items when the Maple Grove location opens?
Patti Langerman August 27, 2012 at 10:48 PM
I am so excited, I can't wait!!!
Sherry Lynne November 11, 2012 at 03:18 PM
I live in Champlin, I can hardly wait for this store to open in Maple Grove. There is only one small health food store in my area.
J January 09, 2013 at 04:57 AM
Please explain what you mean by "excellent reflection on the type of consumers we want shopping in our city." Is there some type of person you don't want shopping in Maple Grove?
A January 17, 2013 at 09:54 PM
this is the best! I agree...after shopping at Whole Foods, going to Trader Joe's is a total let down. NOT the same product, by far!
Wendy Erlien January 17, 2013 at 09:57 PM
Emailed the city last week for an update. So far, no permits issued for work to start yet.
alicia February 01, 2013 at 06:42 PM
what is the small health food store in Champlin?
Julie March 14, 2013 at 03:57 AM
I am very excited now that I'm moving to St Cloud with only an hour away. i currently live in St Paul and shop at the Highland Park location and was concerned about moving and not having access to great quality food!
ca@mymobileagents.com March 22, 2013 at 11:58 AM
Whoohooooooo! I can't wait!
Brina March 31, 2013 at 07:15 AM
OMG so excited!!! I always make the trip to Minnetonka.
OHANA1 April 15, 2013 at 05:57 PM
I think it is a great idea to have Whole Foods in Maple Grove. In CA, it is typically to have WF near TJ's. WholeFoods offers quite a bit of a different selection and vise versa. I look forward to it!
Crystal Jewett April 22, 2013 at 06:50 PM
I really hope they are going to do some work to that parking lot, it is a mess!

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