The official opening of the newest Whole Foods Market is at 9 AM on Thursday, January 30th. Opening day celebrations include complimentary coffee from Blanchard’s Coffee Roasting Co., breakfast bites from Brekkie and music before the store opens. Additionally, the first 200 customers will receive a custom Whole Foods Market Richmond reusable tote bag, as well as a savings card with a mystery value ranging between $5 and $100.
This afternoon we were allowed in for a sneak peek. The store was busy but calm as last-minute touches were put in place.
Official Press Release:
Whole Foods Market in Richmond opens its doors to the public at 9 a.m. on Thursday, Jan. 30. Located at 2024 West Broad Street, the former location of Pleasants Hardware, the new 47,000 square-foot store incorporates the original brick façade, wooden beams and other historic elements of the Kaufman building. Opening day celebrations include complimentary coffee from Blanchard’s Coffee Roasting Co., breakfast bites from Brekkie and music before the store opens. Additionally, the first 200 customers will receive a custom Whole Foods Market Richmond reusable tote bag, as well as a savings card with a mystery value ranging between $5 and $100.
“We are thrilled to open our second store in the Richmond area,” said Bill Balderson, Store Team Leader. “We look forward to providing the RVA community with an expansive selection of fresh, high-quality and innovative products, hundreds of locally sourced items, as well as a self-serve eatery and taproom where shoppers can gather to enjoy a beverage or grab a bite to eat.”
Offering a selection of locally sourced options, grab-and-go prepared foods and natural and organic grocery items, all food at Whole Foods Market must meet the company’s rigorous quality standards, which prohibit hydrogenated fats, high-fructose corn syrup and artificial sweeteners, as well as over 100 colors, flavors and preservatives commonly found in food. In addition, all beauty and body care products must meet the company’s body care standards, which ban more than 100 commonly used ingredients, including phthalates, parabens and microbeads.
Special features of the store include:
- Fresh produce department offering a wide array of fresh fruits and vegetables, including offerings from local growers and a range of items with Whole Foods Market’s Whole Trade® Guarantee, which supports suppliers that are committed to ethical trade, working conditions and the environment.
- Full-service butcher featuring made-in-house sausages, dry-aged offerings and bone broth-making kits, as well as lamb and beef selections from Virginia-based suppliers like Grayson Natural Farms.
- Seafood department featuring a variety of fresh and frozen seafood, all Responsibly Farmed or sustainable wild-caught, with fresh options from suppliers in the area like smoked fish from Ivy City Smokehouse, oysters from True Chesapeake Oyster Co., shucked oysters from Harris Seafood, clams from HM Terry Co., crab meat from JM Clayton Seafood Co. and headfish from George’s Seafood Distributors and Southern Connection Seafood.
- Specialty foods section featuring a variety of cheeses, with options from 10 local suppliers, including Meadowcreek Dairy, Shenandoah Family Farms and Mountain View Farm; department’s cheese selection is overseen by an in-store American Cheese Society Certified Cheese Professional who can offer expertise and recommendations for any request or occasion.
- Hundreds of beer and wine options, many from local producers such as Stone Brewing, Three Notch’d Brewing Company, Early Mountain Vineyards, Old Westminster Winery, Rosemont of Virginia Winery, Lightwell Survey Wines and Breaux Vineyards.
- In-house bakery offering an array of freshly baked breads, cakes and pastries as well as items for special diets and options from local suppliers including Antbear Bakery and Smart Cookie Kitchen.
- Variety of prepared foods including a salad bar, soups, pizza, rotisserie chickens, Kikka sushi as well as build-your-own mezze bowls featuring a variety of Mediterranean flavors and toppings
- Bulk section offering more than 150 items including nuts, seeds, granola, grains, dried fruit and candy.
- Beauty, body care and home goods section offering products from five local suppliers, including goats milk bar soap from Naked Goat Soap Co., coffee body polish from Mac’s Smack and shave soap from Regiment.
- Nearly 1,000 products throughout the store from about 150 local suppliers, some of which are new to Whole Foods Market or are recipients of Whole Foods Market’s Local Producer Loan Program, which provides low-interest loans to local producers to help grow their businesses.
The Richmond store also features a self-serve eatery and taproom on the mezzanine level that is open from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily. With indoor and outdoor seating for more than 150 guests, it offers a variety of pub-style fare such as buffalo wings, crispy brussels sprouts, arancini and Sicilian-style pizza, as well as self-serve wine and beer that customers are invited to drink while shopping in the store.
Amazon Prime members who shop at Whole Foods Market have access to a number of benefits year-round, like deep discounts on dozens of select popular products each week and an additional 10% off hundreds of in-store sale items. In addition, eligible Prime members receive 5% back on Whole Foods Market purchases when using the Amazon Prime Rewards Visa Card.
Whole Foods Market Richmond will employ approximately 165 full and part-time team members. Following the grand opening, the store will be open from 7 a.m. – 10 p.m. daily.
Whole Foods Market has one other store in the area, with the first being its Short Pump location in Glen Allen, Va.
Tom Leonard’s Farmer’s Market planning to double size of Short Pump store
Construction on an expansion of the locally-owned store should commence this Spring.
From the Richmond Times-Dispatch:
Tom Leonard’s Farmer’s Market, which has operated in western Henrico County since 2004, is getting bigger.
The 15,000-square-foot market will nearly double in size when the store expansion project is completed later this year, owner Tom Leonard said.
Construction should begin late in the spring.
The expansion will take over the tented area to the left of the store – where pumpkins and Christmas trees are typically sold.
The added space will enable the market, off Tom Leonard Drive, to expand and move its bakery and deli departments into the new space. The bakery will be able to make fresh-boiled bagels – “the way they do them in New York,” Leonard said.
Richmond-based company launching digital TV streaming network today with event at VMHC
Richmond-based Soulidifly Productions will launch the new streaming TV network today and is throwing a launch party tonight in celebration.
Richmond based Soulidifly Productions is launching a new digital TV streaming network today known as SoulVision.TV. The new network will feature over 200 hours of “authentic, positive, and often untold human stories shown in feature films and movies, TV shows, news, interviews, cartoons, and more,” according to a news release.
The network will be accessible from all devices including all leading streaming platforms – Apple TV, Roku, Amazon Fire – and on all mobile platforms, tablets and other devices including smart TVs and home computers.
Entertainers Cecily, Carla Jackson, JJ Squire, and vocalist Imani Waters will headline an event this evening at the Virginia Museum of History and Culture ahead of the network’s launch.
The event takes place beginning at 6:30 PM at the museum at 428 N. Arthur Ashe Boulevard. Tickets are $20; $10 for students. Attendees can also get complimentary tickets by entering code “SVTV” on the ticketing page.
Learn more and get tickets here and check out a preview of the new network below.
Henrico clears the way for redevelopment of Azalea Mall, Virginia Center Commons sites
Two derelict properties in the Northside of town will soon have new life breathed into them as Henrico greenlit their redevelopment Tuesday.
From the Richmond Times-Dispatch:
As Henrico County officials are preparing for the redevelopment of Virginia Center Commons with a public arena, the operators of a senior living community are ready to expand on top of land where another county mall was demolished in 1999.
On Tuesday, the Henrico Board of Supervisors approved zoning and permit changes to let Westminster Canterbury of Richmond expand its continuing-care retirement community over part of the lot where Azalea Mall once stood. The board also voted to authorize the use of $50 million to build an indoor sports arena at Virginia Center Commons.