Whole Foods grand opening set for March 15

Panorama of the store's interior

Whole Foods has announced its new Lynnwood store will open on Thursday, March 15. The ribbon cutting will start at 8 a.m. and doors will open at 9 a.m. It’s in the former Circuit City building on 196th and Alderwood Mall Parkway.

Mindy Jahn, manager of the new store, told the Snohomish County Business Journal that it will reflect the Lynnwood community.

The features and layout of the new store are specifically planned to serve those who live and work in the area. The Lynnwood store, for example, will have some of the same elements found in the Seattle and Redmond locations but will also have unique features based on its own demographics.

One element of the Lynnwood store will be a children’s play area, something no other Whole Foods in the region has. A store play area was selected for the Lynnwood location because of the number of young families that live nearby.

The Lynnwood store will offer an expanded bulk foods section that will highlight getting “back to basics” in cooking. It should appeal to those learning how to cook, Jahn said, as well as offer ideas about cooking conveniently for a family, how to prepare meals on the run and how to fix cost-effective yet healthy family meals.

The store will employ about 150 people, many of whom have already been active in the community. On Valentine’s Day they drove around town and handed out roses. On Saturday they planted trees in the Marymoor Park wetlands.

This Friday, more than 50 local producers will pack the Lynnwood Convention Center to educate new store team members on everything there is to know about the producers and products.

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