Somerville is getting its first Whole Foods Market this morning. The store officially opens at 9:45 a.m. with a bread breaking (the company’s version of a ribbon cutting) that will be attended by Mayor Joe Curtatone as well as other local and Whole Foods luminaries.
I got to tour the new Whole Foods at 45 Beacon St. (the former Johnnie’s Foodmaster) last week and you can see photos from my trip below. Whole Foods Somerville will be open from 8 a.m.-10 p.m. seven days a week and there’s ample car and bike parking available for patrons.
The store has a fresh floor, decor made from reclaimed wood and, of course, groceries. Upon entering, you encounter the sizable produce section and large wall of bulk bins containing everything from trail mix and beans to flour and sugar.
There’s a big section of vegan and vegetarian meat substitutes and further back in the store, real meat that conforms to Whole Foods’ standards, which are prominently displayed throughout the department. The Somerville Whole Foods, the company’s 27th store in Massachusetts, has a seafood department that gets some of its fish right from its facility in Gloucester and will even have a charcuterie case.
Next up is a huge cheese section with both local and imported varieties that you’re welcome to sample and can have cut to your desired size. There’s also a big bakery that uses no artificial dyes, a prepared food section as well as a burrito, sandwich and salad bar. There’s even a candy and cookie bar where you can buy sweets by the pound. The center of the store is filled with the regular grocery sections as well as Whole Foods’ extensive Whole Body department. Note that there’s no beer or wine at this Whole Foods.
Today’s opening will coincide with a community giving day, where 5% of the day’s sales from the Somerville Whole Foods will go to five area nonprofits: Second Chances, Groundwork Somerville, The Family Center, Food for Free and Community Cooks. The store will do four such days each year with various local nonprofits and is sponsoring the upcoming Somerville Homeless Coalition 5K taking place in Davis Square on October 5 at 9 a.m.