By Marimar Toledo
Whole Foods Market has now opened a new 40,000-square-foot store in Altamonte Springs, its third location in the Orlando area.
This location will cater to Altamonte Springs’ diverse cultures with innovations such as an enhanced tropical and international produce program full of exotic foods found in Latin, Asian and Indian cuisines. Paleo-friendly foods, gourmet made-to-order toast on house-baked breads are also available, as is an exclusive line of Peace Love World apparel in the store’s Whole Body section.
Local products such as O’Dang Hummus and Hummus Sauces, created by UCF alumnus Jesse Wolfe, will be sold in store as well as house baked breads, pastries and baked goods made daily. There is also a full-service juice and coffee bar, a hand-tossed pizza station, grab-and-go chef-prepared cuisine and cafe with indoor and outdoor seating.
Prepared foods utilize beef, pork, chicken and turkey that has been rated by the Global Animal Partnership’s (GAP) 5-Step Animal Welfare Ratings as well as organically sourced dried herbs and spices. In partnership with The Safina Center, Whole Foods stores nationwide launched a color-coded sustainability rating system developed to show the sustainability status of all non-MSC-certified wild-caught seafood the stores sell and in 2012, ceased all sales of red-ranked species to have a fully sustainable seafood department.
In keeping with Whole Foods Market’s tradition of giving back and serving the community, this location will partner with Food Donation Connection, an organization that manages food donation programs and provides an alternative to discarding surplus food.
Florida’s 25th store will be Whole Foods Market’s first Florida store to display Recycle Across America signage, the nation’s not-for-profit organization dedicated to simplifying recycling for the general public to help recycle more and properly.
305 East Altamonte Drive, Altamonte Springs; open daily from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.
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