Whole Foods Market (NASDAQ: WFM) will open its Asheville location for business Tuesday, Aug. 26. The store is located at 4 South Tunnel Rd. at the new Asheville Market.
The grocery store’s grand opening will reveal 35,000 square feet and features including the Tunnel Road Tap Haus, an upper-level beer garden with 12 taps pouring local brew and kombucha.
Shoppers can get an early look at the new store during sneak-preview tours offered Aug. 22 and 23. Online registration is required to secure a 45-minute tour between the hours of 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. Aug. 22, and between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. Aug. 23. A suggested donation of $5 to benefit local nonprofit Muddy Sneakers will be accepted at the door. Tour groups will be among the first to see the store’s features and enjoy complimentary food sampling.
“It’s been gratifying getting to know the community these past several months—from our neighbors to the 175 team members who’ll work at the store and the local suppliers whose products will be on our shelves,” said Tony Sgro, Store Team Leader for Whole Foods Market Asheville.
“We’re eager to finally open our doors, offer a great shopping experience, and deepen our relationship with the community,” he added.
Regular store hours will be 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily. Information about events, community giving programs and more will be available on the store’s website, and the conversation and photo-sharing are under way on its Facebook, Twitter and Instagrampages.
Sister store Greenlife Grocery, located at 70 Merrimon Ave., is the company’s other Asheville location.