— 🌀 Gordon Werner (@GordonWerner) September 15, 2018
Plan your monthly grocery budget now. The under-construction Whole Foods at the edge of Capitol Hill and First Hill has announced it will be open by the end of October.
The opening will come four years and a week after CHS broke the news on the project, planned, at the time, to be the company’s ninth store in Seattle. “We have been interested in the Capitol Hill and First Hill communities or a long long time,” a company spokesperson told CHS back in November of 2014. “We couldn’t be more pleased about the location of the new store.”
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Construction began in the summer of 2016.
The 17-story “upscale” apartment tower Whole Foods will call home is now open and filled with art and amenities along with 260 or so units complete with “smart, sophisticated design,” “well-appointed” and “clean, contemporary aesthetic,” “A/C in all homes, USB outlets and pantries in every kitchen,” and where even the bathrooms “make a statement.”Rates for 1-bedroom units range through the high $2,000s while 2-bedroom units run $3,500 and up. The Danforth is also home to a Chihuly chandelier and works from artists Angelina Villalobos (aka OneSevenNine), Zack Bolotin, and Aramis Hamer.
The new Whole Foods continues ongoing heavy investment from large grocery chains in the area around Central Seattle and across Capitol Hill. In the years since the project was first announced, a New Seasons Market has been lined up for 23rd and Union, H Mart made Capitol Hill Station plans, and a PCC in Madison Valley has been so far stymied by anti-growth litigation. Whole Food’s location at Broadway and Madison seems prime for coming residential growth on First Hill including new affordable housing projects boosted by Sound Transit.
Since the project was first announced, Whole Foods has also been undergoing massive change. After stormy economic times for the chain, Seattle’s Amazon acquired the grocery giant as it pursues other alternative grocery ventures including a back-burnered project reportedly still underway on E Pike.
As for the proud people of First Hill, we thank you for your enthusiasm but we have some bad news for your. So far in its marketing materials, the company is splitting the difference and referring to the store as the Madison Broadway Whole Foods, one of three stores currently in development for the company including a new store in Vernon Hill, Illinois, and, yes, a South Capitol Hill Whole Foods… in D.C.
The Madison Broadway Whole Foods is set to open October 30th at 1001 Broadway. You can learn more at wholefoodsmarket.com.
UPDATE 10/10/2018: Here is a press release from Whole Foods announcing the grand opening of the 40,000 square-foot store including details of celebration giveaways and some features of the new location we haven’t talked as much about like the “80-seat dining and beverage venue,” a “fast-casual gathering space” offering “12 taps of local beer and cider, local wines by the glass, as well as a food menu with savory Buffalo Wings, Tempura Cauliflower, Crispy Tofu Bites, Chile Relleno, Sausage Sandwiches and Loaded Tater Tots.”
Whole Foods Market will open its new 40,000 square-foot Madison and Broadway store, located at 1001 Broadway, at 8 a.m., Tuesday, Oct. 30. The opening day celebration will include sampling, spin-to-win opportunities and a DJ.
“We are so proud of the store that we designed for this community,” said Scott Williford, the Store Team leader. “It truly reflects the vibrant and engaged nature of our neighbors, and we know they’ll love the range of delicious and healthy options they’ll find in-store.”
Each item sold in the store meets Whole Foods Market’s rigorous quality standards and is free of artificial flavors, colors, sweeteners, preservatives and hydrogenated fats.
The 40,000 square-foot store will offer a selection of locally sourced options, grab-and-go prepared foods and conventional and organic grocery items. Special features of the store include:
- An expansive bakery offering hand dipped Belgium Waffles, local Macrina Bakery pastries delivered fresh daily, as well as “cookies by the pound” from Chris’ Cookies
- Full-service butcher department featuring local products like Cattail Creek Lamb, available for the first time year-round
- A curated beauty and body care department featuring lines such as Pacha and Good Soap with local offerings from Allafia, Moon Valley Organics and Bodyceuticals
- Self-squeeze Citrocasa orange juicer and grind-your-own nut butters
- Prepared food bars with vegan and organic options, self-serve pizza, sushi, hot entrees and salads
- Expansive selections of local beer, wine and spirits
- An Allegro Espresso Bar with nitro cold brewed coffee and tea
The Madison and Broadway store will also feature an 80-seat dining and beverage venue. This fast-casual gathering space will offer 12 taps of local beer and cider, local wines by the glass, as well as a food menu with savory Buffalo Wings, Tempura Cauliflower, Crispy Tofu Bites, Chile Relleno, Sausage Sandwiches and Loaded Tater Tots. Shoppers will have the option to bring in food from the prepared foods department or order at the bar.
Whole Foods Market on Madison and Broadway will employ approximately 175 full and part time team members.The store will be open from 7am – 10pm, daily.
Whole Foods Market has seven additional Seattle, WA stores: Westlake, Interbay, Roosevelt Square, Bellevue, Kirkland, Redmond and Lynnwood.
For more information visit https://www.wholefoodsmarket.com/stores/madisonbroadway