Recently, I had the pleasure of touring the new Whole Foods Market in Westford, Massachusetts. (I grew up in the town next door, so I am especially excited to have a Whole Foods Market so close when we visit family!
Upon entering the store, I saw the wide-open, brightly-colored produce department. As you can see in the photo below, not all of the shelves were stocked yet, but only because the store wanted everything to be as fresh as possible for the opening.
To celebrate the grand opening, the store has a bunch of specials and sales for the next few weeks, so if you’re local, be sure to keep your eyes peeled.
To the left of the produce department is the Fresh Juice & Smoothie Bar with all sorts of nutritious and delicious offerings, many of which include local ingredients.
A number of the freshly pressed juices are on tap. How cool is that?
The meat department, like all of the departments, is open concept, so you can see exactly how the employees are preparing and handling the food. As you’ll see below, the meat cases were completely empty to ensure the highest quality freshness for the grand opening. And, once again, there is a strong emphasis on selling local products.
Plus, there was signage all over the store highlighting local options.
Fun fact: The chalkboard signs that you see at Whole Foods Markets are handwritten, so each store has an artist on staff to make them. Artists must take and pass a handwriting training before they can create signage. Isn’t that cool? What a neat job!
The bulk section has all of the usual items you see at other Whole Foods Market stores (i.e. flours, grains, nuts, trail mixes, etc.), but the Westford location also offers its customers bulk tea, so you can sample as much or as little as you want.
I love this idea!
Up next was the cheese department, which I was especially excited about. You guys know my love for cheese!
Cheese, glorious cheese!
There’s nothing more beautiful than a mountain of Parmigiano Reggiano, right?
Parm Crisps = love
This is really cool: The Westford location offers a mini Clover restaurant inside! I actually haven’t tried Clover for myself yet, but the menu looks incredible, and I’ve only heard great things about it. I can’t wait to try it the next time I visit!
Next to Clover was the beautiful, bright, and open bakery where many of the breads, cakes, and pastries for the store are handmade from scratch. Even the colorful frosting, edible decorations, and such are made with special plant-based dyes, nothing artificial at all.
What was really neat about the bakery is the viewing window attached to the Children’s Area, so customers and kids can watch the bakers at work. (Quinn would definitely love to see this!)
You can even slice your freshly baked bread right there! (Again, Quinn would really dig this!)
The final stop of the tour was at the coffee and tea bar. It offers your usual espresso drinks, cold brew on tap as well as a special Matcha Tea Flight unique to the store. I also learned that Whole Foods offers a number of dairy-free milk options at no extra charge. (Somehow I didn’t know this!?)
And, finally, I just wanted to point out that I saw tons of instances, throughout the store and in every department, where there were opportunities for saving money– from 365 Everyday Value pantry staples to locally-made products and more. There really was something for everyone at a number of price points, which was nice to see.
The Westford Whole Foods Market is absolutely gorgeous, and I can’t wait to shop there the next time I’m in the area. If you’re local, be sure to stop by to check it out. You’re guaranteed to love it!
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This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Whole Foods Market. The opinions and text are all mine.