After years of speculation and anticipation, Whole Foods has set a date: Oct. 12.
That's when the upscale natural foods grocer plans to open its Oklahoma City store, the company said Thursday. Doors will open at 8 a.m.
Cynthia Reid, vice president of marketing and communications for the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber, said judging by the crowds at the recent openings of The Outlet Shoppes at Oklahoma City and Sunflower Farmers Market, city residents are excited to have new places to shop.
“People are anxious to try out new retail options,” she said.
And like the others, expect traffic jams, long lines and a mob of people when the 41,000-square-foot Whole Foods opens in the Classen Curve shopping center, at Classen Boulevard and Western Avenue. A grand opening celebration will begin before the store opens at 8 a.m. and continue throughout the day, a spokeswoman said.
What will it be like?
The store will stock products such as Oklahoma-raised grass-fed beef, local goat cheese, organic produce and more than 50 types of antipasti and olives.
The market will serve hearth-fired, gourmet pizzas and made-to-order
The store also features a 50-foot bulk section and diet products including raw foods, vegan options and gluten-free
Reid said the chamber has been trying to lure Whole Foods to the market for at least four years. The Oklahoman first confirmed a lease was signed in May 2010.
Whole Foods operates one store in Tulsa.
The Oklahoma City store will anchor the Triangle at Classen Curve; the other confirmed tenant is Anthropologie, a women's clothing retailer, which is expected to open in February.
Following a job fair last week, Whole Foods offered positions to 120 people. Job seekers can still apply for open positions as they become available on the web at www.wholefoods
• Opening Oct. 12.
• Store hours will be 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily.
• Address: 6001 N Western Ave.