SouthGlenn Whole Foods opens Monday...but here's a preview
All you civilians are going to have to wait until Monday, June 15, to witness the unveiling of the state's newest Whole Foods Market, the nineteenth in the Rocky Mountain region, and one of the first tenants in a wave of retailers, bars and restaurants that's setting up digs in the Streets of SouthGlenn, a mixed use redevelopment complex in the former SouthGlenn shopping mall at University Boulevard and Arapahoe Road, in Centennial.
But you can all live vicariously through me, at least until Monday, because I somehow managed to weasel my way into a pre-opening-tour this morning that was pure, unabashed, unapologetic food porn with a plot.
Sure, there's plenty of what you already expect from the upscale food market whose buzz words and catchphrases -- organic, local, sustainable, natural, wild-caught, aquaculture, animal compassion and healthy well-being -- remind you of why you can't be seen at Safeway (oh, the guilt!), but this Whole Foods -- all 51,000-square-feet of it-- is raising the bar even further.
"We've got 1,800 local items in just grocery alone at this store, plus an old-fashioned butcher and an interactive fish-fileting station where we'll hand-cut, marinate, season, steak or season your fish however you'd like it," says regional marketing coordinator Ben Friedland.
It's what Friedland likes to call theater. "We're introducing all sorts of interactive areas in this store to open up a dialogue between our customers and team leaders, while holding true to the store's core values of promoting health, high quality natural and organic foods and the well being of the community," says Friedland.
Maybe I can move in.