In certain parts of San Jose, especially near where I live, there is a dearth of great restaurants and healthy, gourmet grocery stores. So when a Whole Foods store opens up, it’s big news in this town, especially to me. Though it is 15 minutes from my house, it is on my way home from so many places I take my kids that I know I will find myself here several times a week.
I attended the grand opening this morning and am thrilled to say that it is absolutely packed with people already and the store seems ready for the crowd. I am sitting in their eating area making use of their free wifi to write and post this story. Later today, I will be back with my daughter who is almost as excited as me for this store to open. She said the front facade reminded her of the huge false fronts of the luxury resorts we passed in Mexico. But mostly, she’s excited about the food, which warms my heart.
Here are some quick fun facts about this Whole Foods store. They are powered by a UTC fuel cell, which will cut back tremendously on the carbon footprint of the store – said to be equivalent to planting 85 acres of trees. They have already hired 300 employees right from the local community. And the 5 cent rebate for using recycled bags can be donated to a local elementary school’s GATE (Gifted and Talented Education) program. Kudos to Whole Foods for trying to be a real community grocery store despite their roots as a large national chain.
And a fun food fact – they have a Shawarma station in the fresh food area – can’t wait to try that!
The community and I couldn’t be more excited. Welcome! Welcome! Welcome!