Market Street Whole Foods Opens For Business

Today marks the official grand opening of Whole Foods Market’s seventh store in San Francisco—this one at 2001 Market St.

“We’ll have all our regular healthy and uber-local food options, plus some cool new services like a shoeshine station, fresh honeycomb, a Paleo bar, oysters hand-shucked by fishmongers, and a coffee bar close to the entrance so it’s easy to grab a cup while you’re waiting for the bus,” store team leader Paula Richmond said.

Located at the corner of Market and Dolores streets, the new store has a look meant to complement its diverse urban surroundings, store officials said. The design, described as “playful, yet refined and glamorous,” features LED lights, reclaimed wood and electric car charging stations.

This morning, the store planned to mark its grand opening with a special bread-breaking ceremony with Supervisor Scott Weiner and Whole Foods Market Northern California Regional Director Rob Twyman.

Whole Foods spokeswoman Beth Krauss said a crowd of about 100 came out to the grand opening and bread-breaking of a giant challah loaf—a ceremony that is likened to a ribbon cutting, but representative of all of the hard work and collaboration it took to build and open the store, Krauss said.

“It is representative of the culmination of our work here, so we come together to break the bread,” she said.

The large loaf was baked in one of the store’s ovens.

The store will be open daily from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m., with extended holiday hours for Thanksgiving.

Aimee Lewis Strain, Bay City News

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  • MD

    Hands down my worst experience working in the food industry. Work until 11pm, only to be scheduled to come back at 5am????The place is a sham/cult, that has zero respect for its workers, and it keeps getting worse. Luckily I had a back bone, left and found a job doing the same thing, with better benefits for $4 more!!! …PS just because it says “organic” doesn’t mean it is, trust me…I was surprised too. Whole Foods flourishing is another sign our City is headed in the wrong direction.

    • JimmyFoo

      Get another job, whiner.

      • MD

        Ummm I did…”Luckily I had a back bone, left and found a job doing the same thing, with better benefits for $4 more!!!”” open your eyes lady

  • Alexandra Jones

    Ridiculous to put another full-service major grocery outlet on the same corner as a Safeway. Is this so the new residents can just take the elevator down instead of having to cross the street?

    • john wilk

      Go shop at Safeway, get your Hungryman™ TV dinner, I’ll be eating healthy at WholePaycheck, thank you!

      • Alexandra Jones

        It’s not so much Safeway vs. Whole Foods, it’s the inanity of two mammoth food chains directly competing for hip, rich customers when there are so many under- and un-served neighborhoods. Not that WF would locate in any of those, but at least put them somewhere there is less of or lack of a choice. I see no point in undercutting the business of a thriving operation with copious employees to serve the same needs. Plus Golden Natural Foods is right there. (I am vegan, I eat nothing but whole foods and WF does not have a monopoly on them.) Try the Farmer’s Market.

      • Forthright

        Uh, YEAH, because that’s the ONLY thing they sell there…sheesh

    • JimmyFoo

      Vote with your dollar. Also, you’re vegan, you don’t get to have an opinion.

      • Alexandra Jones

        I am voting with my dollar. I used to live around the corner from the new Whole Foods and have voted to move my dollar to Portland, Oregon this week, where I can actually get some value for my money. So now I really don’t get to have an opinion!

        • BTinSF

          But you can’t drink the water.

          • Alexandra Jones

            The water boil alert hath been lifted. I drink of it even now. (Sorry, I watcheth Much Ado About Nothing. Must speaketh Shakespearean.) The water boil alert was too, I suspecteth, much ado about nought.

  • Mike Sullivan

    Thrilled to have a Whole Foods here – now I can stop driving to Potrero Hill. Will be great to have one in the neighborhood. Have never been an employee, but my understanding is that the employees are paid well and have good benefits relative to other grocery stores.