New Interbay Whole Foods opens Tuesday

Today was preview day for the new Whole Foods in Interbay.

The pumpkins are stacked out front, the shelves are stocked, even the cupcakes are frosted and ready for tomorrow’s grand opening.

Vicky Foley, the spokeswoman for Whole Foods, says that this is one of the smaller stores in the Seattle area, but it is full of local products. They have local produce, local wine, lotions by Ballard Organics and sushi made by Blue C.

The Allegro Espresso Bar will open at 7 a.m. each morning and will feature a Kombucha bar brewed by Townshend’s Tea Company in Portland.

Just down the counter and spanning most of the east wall is gelato, a pizzeria station, a burrito bar and sandwich bar followed by a bakery and plenty of gourmet cheese.

There is a separate little room at the front of the store near the espresso bar that is the “community room” that will have free wi-fi.

Forget the traditional ribbon-cutting, tomorrow there will be a “bread-breaking ceremony” at 8 a.m. to officially open the new store.

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Westcoastmom
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Westcoastmom

Sorry I for one will not be shopping here…. and here is why….

In a controversial Wall Street Journal op-ed, Whole Foods' chief executive attacked President Obama's efforts to reform America's ailing health care system. The op-ed said that Americans have no intrinsic right to health care and should not feel entitled to equal medical attention. It also said that health care should be an individual responsibility with little or no help from the government.

blite
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blite

That's exactly the reason I will be shopping there.

culinarystudent
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culinarystudent

so whole foods sucks, my friend in the culinary program at the art institute was fired for taking a final in a baking class that he previous to offer of employment notified them of. They told him he did not have his priorities straight. Lets see here a person going to chef school and working for a company in a cooking capacity has his priorities out of wack for trying to further his culinary knowledge.

robotspider
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robotspider

Hope the employees aren't as douchey as the ones in South Lake Union.

Yes, I brought my own bag, and yes I expect you to bag my grocceries. Don' t give me that, “I've been on my feet all day speech.” Do your job. If you don't like it, get a new job.

TTTCOTTH
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TTTCOTTH

Right……………………….

John Mackey's great transgression was to take Mr Obama up on his challenge to offer an alternative to government run Healthcare. Apparently this is an unforgivable sin in the Leftist community. My guess is that the majority of the tards boycotting Whole Foods haven't taken the time to even read the Op Ed. I would suggest that everyone actually read the article and judge for themselves.

PS> BallardMom – It's impossible to have a “Right”, that costs someone else their time, or money.

sparky107
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sparky107

Hey, I'll cruise through and get my free cupcake.

sherbet99
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sherbet99

To get back to Ballard, are we able to exit west of Whole Foods, then take a right onto whatever street that is, so we can take a left at the light on Elliott? It will be nuts if folks are trying to cross three lanes from the parking lot into the middle turn lane.

On the other hand, stopping on the way to work will be a breeze (once the novelty wears off).

ZephyrV2
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ZephyrV2

Man, I was wishing they were open already last night. Didn't feel like cooking. Their prepared food section is fantastic!

BallardMom
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BallardMom

#15 or #18 bus, why mess with traffic?
:)

Theravadist
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Theravadist

Bye bye Ballard Market…..finally a decent butcher!

Theravadist
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Theravadist

Yawn…..keep shaking your fists whenever you drive by.

Theravadist
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Theravadist

Did your friend have the same battles with the English language that you have?

Facebook User
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Facebook User

Nope. Still boycotting. But maybe we'll stop by and take up valuable retail and parking space and a cart or two, and to consume lots of any proffered free samples -without actually buying anything, of course. In this town, there are plenty of other options for buying healthy, organic, sustainable groceries, and many of those options are local producers or locally based establishments.

Facebook User
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Facebook User

I like your user name, Blight. It fits.

SPG
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SPG

No, the transgression was to pose as a thoughtful person advocating responsible citizenship, being green, buying organic, etc, then being revealed as the conservative douche when he thought none of his customers were looking.
This would be like the head of REI running a clearcutting operation in the Amazon rain forest.

SPG
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SPG

yawn, keep using yawn…when you don't have anything to say.

Mondoman
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Mondoman

Just curious if you could share with us some specifics on what exactly bothered you in the op-ed. For example, if you think Americans DO have an intrinsic right to health care, are there limits on that right or the amount of care that must be provided? Who is responsible for delivering the care? Who is responsible for paying for the care?
Should/do Americans also have an intrinsic right to food? To housing? To transportation?

ballardog
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ballardog

It says nothing of the sort. Maybe you should read the op-ed in its original unedited version and you will see it is not an attack on reform but different ideas of how to reform. If you disagree with the ideas, that's fine but at least someone has ideas and is presenting them in a thought provoking manner. Whole Foods is not mainstream but an alternative health food store. If you are mainstream and believe everything the government tells you then don't shop there. No one will miss you.

Some Guy
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Some Guy

Ouch!

Theravadist
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Theravadist

You yawn when you've been bored to death by the same old people who drag politics into EVERYTHING. They are predictable as they come and equally dull. Maybe they are the ones who think WH is expensive, which is where most of the anger comes from.

TTTCOTTH
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TTTCOTTH

Obviously you didn't read his OP Ed either. Can you read?

SPG
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SPG

Life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Doesn't sound too bad, does it?

I believe that the Life part should include at least a basic right to healthcare. I wouldn't even be as worried about providing health care to all if it weren't for the fact that it's just too damn expensive for people to stay alive in this country, let alone be healthy. Why is it that the rest of the developed world has figured out how to get all their citizens decent access to health care without breaking the bank, yet the richest country on the planet is slipping behind the second world when it comes to health and still paying twice what anyone else pays?

TTTCOTTH
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TTTCOTTH

For those like SPG that haven't bothered to read John Mackey's Op Ed here is the link.

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB200014240529702

I suspect the real transgression that John Mackey made was his opening comment about Socialism which is the basis for all things associated with the Democrat party. Those who don't think suckling at the teat of government is the way of the world are excommunicated from the party.

SPG
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SPG

Maybe I should read Mackey's mind too. He was given a copy of the editorial before it ran and approved it with all the changes the WSJ may have made (I'm not so convinced that the “original” version is that). Mackey isn't an idiot and he knew what he was getting into. They didn't ask him to chime in against the Obama plan because of his great idea about eating better, but because he represented the idea that even people from a liberal seeming company like Whole Foods can be against the administration plan. He knew he was being used as a wedge, he just didn't think that enough of his customers would get this upset about it.

SPG
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SPG

Mackey: “With a projected $1.8 trillion deficit for 2009, several trillions more in deficits projected over the next decade, and with both Medicare and Social Security entitlement spending about to ratchet up several notches over the next 15 years as Baby Boomers become eligible for both, we are rapidly running out of other people’s money. These deficits are simply not sustainable. They are either going to result in unprecedented new taxes and inflation, or they will bankrupt us.”

This is the usual conservative tripe that never seems to come up when they want to start a war or bail out Wall Street. There wasn't any problem with deficits when W cut taxes on the wealthiest 1% and ramped up spending more than any previous president, so out of the gate Mackey paints himself as a conservative hack.

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