March 6 opening
Whole Foods sets target for unveiling UA store
The more than two-year expansion of Whole Foods Market in Upper Arlington will culminate with the opening of the renovated store on March 6.
In a "date announcement" provided by the company last week, Whole Foods stated it will shift locations and reopen doors to its full-sized, newly-expanded store at 1555 W. Lane Ave. in just more than a month.
At 10 a.m. March 6, Whole Foods Market Upper Arlington will reopen in the Shops at Lane Avenue following the expansion of the store from 22,000 square feet to 35,000 square feet.
The store was closed July 2011 ahead of the construction work, which began in two months later.
Whole Foods maintained local operations throughout the project by opening a smaller, temporary store at 1649 W. Lane Ave. It also was in the Shops at Lane Avenue.
A company official on Jan. 30 said details related to the original store's reopening would be released at a later date.
"Details for the grand opening and store are still coming together," said Defausha Hampton, a Whole Foods spokeswoman.
Last week's announcement indicated there would be free tastings, live music and cooking demonstrations during the March 6 grand opening.
Additionally, the announcement stated the renovated store would feature an organic coffee bar and pub serving fresh brewed coffee and beer, and beer and wine selections, including local and value offerings.
The added space also will allow for a "Cooking Columbus" department and program to educate shoppers about cooking, a bulk department with self-serve nut butters, honey, syrups, oils, vinegars and teas, and a prepared foods section with pizzas and a taco bar.
Whole Foods purchased Wild Oats, the company that previously operated a market at the Lane Avenue site, in 2007.
It opened its Upper Arlington market in 2008.