Fort Worth is finally getting its very own dedicated Whole Foods Market on October 12, anchoring the Waterside mixed-use development along the Trinity River. This is the third store in Tarrant County and the 13th store in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.
The store will be a state-of-the-art grocery shopping experience, with offerings above and beyond groceries, including grab-and-go sushi; pizza; sandwiches; salad bar; hot food bar; smokehouse; and The Bar, an in-store venue with 16 beers on tap, shuffleboard, and 12 TVs. Guests can sip beers while they shop, with return glass holders in several areas throughout the store.
There's also a full-service juice, smoothie, and coffee bar featuring a Nuova Simonelli espresso machine. When you're naming the brand of your espresso machine, you know you're in a serious, state-of-the-art realm.
There will be outdoor seating, public art by Texas native Bob Wade, a community promotion space, community activity areas, and access to outdoor activities and trails.
The 45,000-square-foot store incorporates reclaimed features from the original building, including vintage oak flooring and reclaimed walnut used to make the countertops in the bar. A preview from the Fort Worth Star Telegram notes that the aisles feel a little more spacious than other grocery stores. The store will also have electric vehicle charging stations in the parking lot, and bike racks with a bike fix-it station.
The store will offer personalized guest services through their in-store concierge, including personal shopping. From October 12 to November 13, personal shops are free on every order with curbside pickup as an option. Beginning November 14, you can enjoy personal shops at a flat $5 fee, including curbside pickup.
The Smokehouse offers sandwiches, smoked quail poppers, dry-aged steaks aged in-house from 14 to 21 days, and half a dozen varieties of in-house double-smoked bacon. You can even get seafood custom-smoked.
Unique grocery offerings include an expanded fermented, pickle, and kimchi set. Bulk offerings include flours, nuts, dried fruit, cereals, trail mixes, honey, candy, and more.
The body care product department prohibits more than 400 unacceptable ingredients and takes into consideration results, sourcing, safety, and environmental impact. Products in this department are not tested on animals.
The store will host a community sneak peek on October 10, from 4-7 pm, with samples, music, photo booth, food truck, and more. The grand opening is on October 12 at 7:30 am, when the store holds its traditional bread-breaking ceremony with coffee, pastries, and music. Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price will officially open the Smokehouse venue at 10 am.