LOS ANGELES — Whole Foods Market is preparing for the grand opening of its fifth 365 store overall and the second in the Los Angeles area.
Located at 2121 Cloverfield Blvd. at Pico in Santa Monica, Calif., the 30,000-sq.-ft. space will open for business at 9 a.m. Wed., Aug. 9. “Whole Foods Market 365 is all about the easy everyday shop — whether you’re meeting a friend for dinner and a glass of wine, stocking up on groceries for the week or grabbing food to go, this store has a blend of fun foodie finds and convenience,” said Jeff Turnas, president of Whole Foods Market 365. “Our Santa Monica store is a great example of the evolution of the 365 brand and we’re thrilled to bring this neighborhood a new place to shop and hang out.”
In addition to 365’s usual product assortment, the Santa Monica store will house a Groundwork Coffee and an Asian Box Street Food. It will also feature a taquería, an antipasto bar and a selection of specialty cheeses made exclusively for Whole Foods’ 365 stores.
The store will also offer shoppers Flash Finds, new, seasonal or unique offerings available for a limited time. Flash Finds for opening week will include Jica chips, Severino pasta, Coolhaus Ice Cream Sandwiches and Milkadamia Macadamia Nut Milk. During the rest of this month, the Santa Monica 365 store will be the exclusive carrier of Pale Chocolate Heaven beer brewed by Santa Monica Brew Works. It’s the first time PCH has been made available in cans.
The first 365 shoppers who visit the Santa Monica store tomorrow on opening day will receive complimentary coffee, pastries and reusable shopping bags. DJ Phatrick will be spinning tunes on the patio and there will be giveaways throughout the day. On Wed., Aug. 23, the store will host a Community Giving Day, donating 5% of the store’s net sales to KCRW, a service of Santa Monica College. From 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., KCRW street teams will be on site giving away free memberships to shoppers who purchase $50 or more on that day with proof of purchase on receipt.
The Santa Monica 365 store will open seven days a week from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.