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.
“We’re thrilled to open our doors to the Toledo community with the opening of their new Whole Foods Market,” said Ben Moher, store team leader. “Being able to offer our customers greater access to a variety of fresh, innovative and local products is truly gratifying.”