A few minutes ago, I had the opportunity to read a recent online article about a new Whole Foods 365 store that will be coming to the Fort Greene section of Brooklyn, NYC in early 2018. The 365 stores are sort of like discount versions of the regular stores, with lots of store-brand products in stock.
According to the article that I read, it has been two and a half years since Whole Foods revealed plans for the 365 chain. The planned 365 store in Brooklyn is slated to open at the 35-story Ashland Place development in Fort Greene.
Apparently, the first 365 store opened in Los Angeles, then other stores opened in Lake Oswego, Oregon and Bellevue, Washington. At some point in the future, an Apple store is also supposed to be situated at the Ashland Place site.
Most of the new Whole Foods 365 stores are smaller in square footage than regular Whole Foods stores. Each store is expected to have fewer employees than at the standard stores, and less variety of items will be offered. The 365 store coming to Brooklyn, however, is actually going to be 43,000 square feet, which is larger than the 365 stores that are already in operation.
Grocery shopping is something that I enjoy and also take seriously. Although I live near a traditional Whole Foods store, I’ve only shopped there once. Even though I was impressed by the quality of the produce, breads, and seafood that I saw, I thought that the overall prices of the items there were too high for my pocketbook.
Hopefully, the 365 chain will be well-received by consumers. As long as they keep their prices as low as possible, people will come.