09 September 2010

Whole Foods Market: UK Super Sized

Posted by Happy Homemaker UK

In search of a good story, you know how I like to sprinkle a little research from my Wiki friends into my blogs. 

According to Wikipedia.com, twenty five year old college drop out John Mackey and his girlfriend, Rene Lawson, borrowed $45,000 from friends and family to open a small natural foods store called SaferWay in Austin, Texas (the name being a spoof on Safeway). 

The couple was evicted from their apartment for storing food products in it, so they lived in the store where there was no shower. They bathed using the water hose attached to the dishwasher.

Two years (and many water hose showers) later they merged SaferWay with Clarksville Natural Grocery to open the original Whole Foods Market in 1980 in Austin. Today, Whole Foods Market is the world's largest retailer of organic and natural foods with stores in the US, Canada and UK. 

In 2007, Whole Foods opened this UK flagship store in London with 80,000 square feet and 3 floors of pure yumminess! 

Beautiful bakery

Eggs in many colors - no cartons or refrigeration
The hens were laying eggs right behind me (just kidding)

This looked interesting

If you look carefully to the left of the escalator, you will see
a grocery cart going up the ramp-y thing!

Whole Foods Market has done it again - beautiful store design and lots of interesting food! The third floor has an impressive food hall
and restaurant too : )

Whole Foods Market
The Barkers Building
63-97 High Street Kensington
London W8 5SE

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Miss Sew & So said...

wow....that store is amazing...

that story is totally amazing....

and all with a cold hose for a shower- that takes drive or what!!

melissa ....

Lisanne624 said...

Very cool! On a visit to London a few years ago, my hotel was in Kensington and I passed by this shop every day . . . but it was under construction!!! Oh, the agony! I'll be sure and stop by on my next visit!

Emma said...

That is fascinating! Absolutely love that the trolley escalator comes with a reminder to remove baby from the trolly first!!!

Zane Wooder said...

They just opened up a whole foods in my area and I gotta say I love it. Being able to get organic fruits and vegetables along with organic grass fed beef without finding and picking up from a farmer is nice.

-Zane of ontario honey