Whole Foods Market opened its newest store in Toledo, Ohio, on Aug. 7. Located at 3420 Secor Road, the 30,000-square-foot store offers a selection of locally sourced options, grab-and-go prepared foods and natural and organic grocery items. Like several recent openings, the Toledo unit had origins as Austin, Texas-based retailer's since-discontinued 365 concept, which explored a lower-cost, lower-service format with an emphasis on private brands.
Special features of the store include a fresh produce department with seasonal offerings, including 24 feet dedicated to fresh vegetables with selections from regional growers such as Great River Organics, as well as self-serve, fresh-squeezed orange juice and pressed juice from Garden of Flavor.
The new store offers an expansive selection of grab-and-go cold beverages, as well as a hot and cold prepared food bars featuring seasonal dishes with vegan and organic options. The department includes a salad bar, soup wells, skillet bar with finger foods, full charcuterie case and stations for self-serve Detroit-style pan pizza, Genji sushi, rotisserie chickens and made-to-order sandwiches.
Other special features include a beauty and body care department featuring a variety of local products and supplements, including Cleveland-based Chagrin Valley Soap & Salve, Vandalia, Ohip-based Skin Foodie, and Port Clinton, Ohio-based Lake Erie Candle Co., which offers an exclusive Toledo candle.