The 48,000-square-foot store is the anchor tenant of Tampa’s new Midtown development, which also includes other big-name retailers such as Sephora, REI, Shake Shack and others, Progressive Grocer reported. The store will feature a number of unique offerings, including more than 800 Florida products from more than 160 local suppliers. Local offerings will scan a variety of categories, including beer, seafood, prepared foods, specialty foods and more.
Whole Foods’ Tampa location underscores the rising trend differentiation among new store openings. Post-pandemic, more retailers are luring customers back to stores with individualized shopping experiences, often based on the location. By adding lots of local products to its new Tampa store, Whole Foods is creating a unique shopping experience in a newly built part of town.
The flagship store, scheduled to open July 7, also comes amid growth for Whole Foods. The Amazon-owned grocery retailer has 40 new stores in its pipeline, after opening several stores in 2020. Whole Foods is continuing to experiment with its stores, including a planned Ideal Market concept in Denver and a new online-only store in Brooklyn, New York.
Like many other retailers in expansion mode, Whole Foods is adding 10,000 employees to its roster, following the addition of 10,000 jobs that were added last year. Additionally, the retailer added 950 new local brands, 10,000 local items and 650 new exclusive items in 2020.
“As we look to the rest of 2021 and beyond, we are excited to resume services that were suspended due to the pandemic and continue serving more communities, leading the way in shaping the future of grocery retail and advancing our purpose to nourish people and the planet for many years to come,” a company statement read.
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