The long-awaited arrival of Austin’s fifth Whole Foods Market store at the Domain is almost here. On Wednesday, January 15, 2014, the 63,000 square foot store will open its doors offering a full range of high-quality natural and organic foods including a vast assortment of locally sourced offerings from some of Texas and Austin’s most highly regarded artisans, more than 350 organic produce items, and hundreds of products exclusive to Whole Foods Market.
Store opening celebrations will kick-off with the company’s traditional bread breaking ceremony (a Whole Foods Market version of ribbon cutting) at 7:30 a.m. followed by the official opening at 8 a.m. The first 500 shoppers at the store will receive the new line of Austin bags, each stuffed with 365 Everyday Value™ products. Shoppers can also enjoy storewide tastings, sampling from local vendors, a photo booth, special sales, giveaways, music and events for all ages throughout the day.
A Taste of Koko got the exclusive sneak peek of new Whole Foods at The Domain and we’re thrilled to share the details with you!
10 Reasons Why We Love Whole Foods Domain
1. Plenty of organic produce. Featuring over 290 organic items! There will be a fresh vegetable/herb booth to pick from and bananas will be hung on hooks for faster ripening.
2. Texas Ramen venue, featuring Japanese Ramen with a Texas BBQ twist. Slurp loudly, it’s complementary.
3. A four foot beer ally that includes 100 point rated beer. Grab a growler and fill’er up.
4. Draft Shack. The store’s indoor oyster bar featuring chargrilled oysters, gumbo, BBQ shrimp, and 45 beers on tap.
5. Artisan Bakery. The bakery will feature fresh tortillas made in-store, a cookie of the day program with new varieties such as kettle-corn, and made in-store bagels and bialys. You can also buy Sunbutter bites from Better Bites Bakery and breakfast pies from Boomerangs.
6. Japanese cold brew coffee. Hello mornings.
7. Buying in bulk. Anything you need for baking, cooking, trail mix and snacks.
8. Eleven different seating areas throughout the store, including a plaza with gas fireplaces, lounge seating by the coffee bar, and an upper patio with rocking chairs.
9. Public Domain. A recycled freight train shipping container converted into an outdoor beer and bratwurst bar (plus one root beer, always on tap!).
10. Environmentally friendly. Energy saving features such as skylights save on store lighting, as well as rainwater collection units for landscape watering, and reclaimed brick and pine throughout the store.
In keeping with Whole Foods Market tradition, the store will include several eateries unique to Austin and the company, as well as an array of seating making it a destination and hang-out for North Austinites. A few unique offerings and spaces in the store include:
- Outdoor performance space for live music
- Whole Body juice bar with six new varieties of cold pressed juices
- Indoor community meet-up space for yoga classes, craft nights, and cooking classes
Traditional grocery departments are taking it to the next level at the new store. Seafood will roll out new features, including a do-it-yourself sushi and sashimi program using ingredients deep frozen at the peak of freshness, making it easy for guests to roll their own sushi at home. The store’s Taqueria will include traditional taco and burrito offerings as well as tortas, and the sushi bar will have both pre-made and made-to-order rolls. The sandwich bar, pizza station, and four 16-foot food bars will make mealtime decisions quick and convenient for guests.
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Whole Foods Domain
11920 Domain Dr
Austin, TX 78758