BIZNOTE: West Seattle Whole Foods Market announces opening date

Two days after the signage went up at 4755 Fauntleroy Way SW, Whole Foods has just announced when its West Seattle store will open. From the inbox:

Whole Foods Market will open its new 45,000 square-foot West Seattle store, located at 4755 Fauntleroy Way SW in The Whittaker Apartment Complex, at 9 a.m. on Wednesday, October 9. Opening day celebrations will include music and complimentary samples from local vendors before the store opens. The first 300 customers will receive a Whole Foods Market West Seattle reusable canvas tote bag including snacks, swag and a savings card with a mystery value ranging between $5 and $100.

“We can’t wait to open our doors to the West Seattle community,” said Gary Ruiz, Store Team Leader. “Featuring products from more than 700 local suppliers, grocery items and prepared foods for all tastes and preferences and décor inspired by the scenes of Seattle, we’re excited for our neighbors to experience a Whole Foods Market designed specifically for this community.”

All food at Whole Foods Market must meet the company’s rigorous quality standards, which prohibit hydrogenated fats, high-fructose corn syrup and artificial sweeteners. In addition, all beauty and body care products must meet the company’s body care standards, which ban animal testing and more than a hundred commonly used ingredients.

Special features of the store will include:

· Fresh produce department with seasonal fruits and vegetables, including selections from 10 local suppliers

· Full-service butcher department featuring in-house-made sausages, kebabs and chicken from local suppliers

· Seafood department offering fresh seafood and packaged, frozen fish

· Specialty foods section featuring cheeses, chocolates and pasta from over 100 local suppliers, including a selection of cheeses overseen by an in-store American Cheese Society Certified Cheese Professional

· Expansive, in-house bakery offering an array of self-serve baked goods, such as cookies, cakes, and breads, with a variety of items from local bakeries and for special diets

· Prepared foods section with a wide selection of hot and cold food bars, including a salad bar, soup wells and stations for tacos, gourmet sandwiches, pizza, sushi, rotisserie chickens, charcuterie and plant-based offerings

· Full-service coffee, juice and tea bar called Brews and Blends, offering seasonal varieties and made-to-order juice, smoothies and acai bowls

· Bulk section with over 150 options

· Selection of beer, wine and spirits with over 300 offerings from local producers

· Beauty and body care department featuring a variety of local products

· Hundreds of products from local suppliers, 15 of which are recipients of Whole Foods Market’s Local Producer Loan Program, which provides low-interest loans to local producers to help grow their businesses

Amazon Prime members who shop at Whole Foods Market have access to a number of benefits year-round, like deep discounts on dozens of select popular products each week and an additional 10 percent off hundreds of in-store sale items. In addition, eligible Prime members receive five percent back on Whole Foods Market purchases when using the Amazon Prime Rewards Visa Card.

To celebrate joining the community, five percent of the store’s net sales on October 17 will benefit the West Seattle Helpline, which offers emergency assistance for members of the West Seattle and White Center communities. From opening day through the end of the year, all donations from Whole Foods Market’s bag credit program, which provides a credit to customers who bring their own shopping bags, will go to the West Seattle Food Bank, an organization dedicated to providing the community with access to safe and nutritious food.

Whole Foods Market West Seattle will employ approximately 120 full and part-time team members. Following the grand opening, the store will be open from 8 a.m. – 10 p.m. daily. Whole Foods Market has 10 additional stores in Washington. For more information visit

ADDED 8:37 AM: If you’re wondering about parking, there’s a large underground lot accessible off the midblock Fauntleroy-to-40th SW entrance to the complex.

This store has a big backstory of note (with a relatively huge archive of WSB coverage). Whole Foods first announced in 2006 that it would open a store – in the project across SW Alaska from The Whittaker, originally to be called Fauntleroy Place, eventually completed as Spruce, but without Whole Foods, which pulled out in 2010 due to years of development delays outside its control (the space set for the market eventually became LA Fitness). Then when what became The Whittaker was in planning seven years ago, WFM announced it would be the anchor tenant. Development of the project hit a few bumps along the way, even including mayoral opposition. Whittaker construction went ahead but then in early 2017, WFM iced its plan for a store there and a “replacement” was being sought for the space. A few months later, Amazon bought Whole Foods, and a few months after that, the West Seattle plan was back on.

P.S. In the years since the original WFM West Seattle announcement, two other grocery stores have opened nearby – Junction QFC in 2009, Trader Joe’s in 2012.

27 Replies to "BIZNOTE: West Seattle Whole Foods Market announces opening date"

  • M September 12, 2019 (8:30 am)

    I just hope they finally start cracking down on all the people that use that garage as a Park and Ride so it’s possible to shop there. 

    • M September 12, 2019 (8:58 am)

      I agree as that lot is pretty full day time.

  • Famdamnly September 12, 2019 (10:08 am)

    Shop local, stay away from this corporate bulls–t

    • simon1021 September 13, 2019 (1:00 pm)

      It is possible to shop locally and at stores like WF. I for one love that both PCC and WF are opening or re-opening. I will definitely shop at both.

  • WS Foodie September 12, 2019 (11:09 am)

    I’m over it.  I was excited in 2006, and even still in 2012, but not anymore. The new PCC opening a week before this sounds great though. I enjoyed a few of their cooking classes, and love their policy of giving a free piece of fruit to each child. 

    • Gary September 12, 2019 (11:43 am)

      Cool story bro. 

    • Michael September 12, 2019 (9:16 pm)

      WF gives a free piece of fruit to kids too

    • Ray September 12, 2019 (11:43 pm)

      No need to be pretentious. I can guarantee you’ll still shop there. And even if you don’t, WFM couldn’t care less about your business. 

  • WeDeserveBetter September 12, 2019 (11:20 am)

    Within three miles of the new Whole Foods there are more than seven other grocery stores that are better to their employees and don’t support white supremacist outlets: – While the majority of corporate advertisers have quit advertising on Breitbart, the openly white supremacist outlet, Amazon remains the last large advertiser. Despite a national petition and local protests, Amazon/Bezos remain steadfast supporters. A recent article in New York Magazine details the highly competitive recruiting of Stanford students to choice tech companies. Of Amazon a recent graduate said” I was specifically advised to never work for Amazon. I was told it will make your life hell, they treat everyone really poorly, it’s a toxic culture.” choices create the community we want. Say no to Whole Foods/Amazon! 

    • Super Dummy September 12, 2019 (1:34 pm)

      Ha ha ha!! I take it you buy your Socialist Look- Aid at Wal-Mart? 

    • Kim September 12, 2019 (8:39 pm)

      Agree totally!

    • Ray September 12, 2019 (11:48 pm)

      We?you don’t speak for the community. People have the freedom and choice to shop where they want. Don’t try to shame them by forcing your views upon them. Shop wherever the hell you want

  • Yma September 12, 2019 (3:18 pm)

    Ummmm @wedeservebetter  what the heck?

  • Trickycoolj September 12, 2019 (4:53 pm)

    With all these new choices I hope that shopping on Sunday afternoon/evening I am no longer met with bare shelves in the dairy and produce aisles at TJ, QFC and the needing to step up their game Safeway. 

  • Chris September 12, 2019 (5:16 pm)

    Do not look forward to parking opportunities there.   Just going to T-mobile has been a challenge, and now with Whole Foods opening wonder if ever again be able to find parking.   The parking garage is already busy.    Parking may be a challenge for shoppers.

  • Grocery shopper September 12, 2019 (6:15 pm)

    If you have asked me a month ago which store would open first, Whole Foods or PCC. I would have said Whole Foods easily. Kudos to PCC for opening first and good luck to both stores. 

  • Chris K September 12, 2019 (6:49 pm)

    I love Whole Foods and can’t wait for the opening.  We are going to be spoiled with all of these great choices. 

  • Macs September 13, 2019 (10:03 am)

    The junction gets its FOURTH grocery store. Meanwhile Delridge and Riverview residents continue to be forced to travel miles for something as simple as a carrot.

  • chemist September 13, 2019 (11:50 am)

    Former-Mayor McGinn is recalling his opposition to Whole Foods via the alley vacation process this morning.

    • Diane September 13, 2019 (2:38 pm)

      thanks; excellent twitter thread by Mayor Mike 

  • simon1021 September 13, 2019 (12:56 pm)

    Great news for both PCC and WF…I just hope that safety is upgraded in the area. There have been so many break ins and robberies at businesses in that area.

    • geography September 14, 2019 (3:06 pm)

      Huh?  What area?  PCC and WF are in entirely different areas.

  • Kathy September 13, 2019 (8:00 pm)

    I’ll shop at a location where I can most easily ride to, park  and safely lock my e-bike and trailer.  Bike infrastructure is sadly lacking on the approaches to Whole Foods from Alaska and Fauntleroy. 

  • Kayla Weiner September 14, 2019 (11:52 am)

    I totally agree with you especially since they have just taken health care AWAY from most of their staff.  We have much better places to shop in WS!!!!

  • Mike September 14, 2019 (2:59 pm)

    Kayla, that’s just not true They took benefits away from employees who work 20 hours a week or less, which is apparently 2% of their workforce.  Check your facts.

    • WSB September 14, 2019 (3:20 pm)

      The ~1,900 people who are losing health-insurance access work 20 to 30 hours a week, according to multiple reports.

  • Duff C. Radke-Bogen September 17, 2019 (10:27 am)

    An update. Since this is a neighborhood blog I think it’s appropriate to ask how this company will treat our neighbors who work their.

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