TAMPA, Fla.—Last week, the newest version of Whole Foods Market opened in Tampa, Florida, the grocery announced. For this latest store, Whole Foods mixed a variety of its products and services along with locally sourced products to provide the freshest options for consumers.
The 48,000-square-foot store offers more than 800 local products from 160 vendors in the state of Florida. The facilities include specialties from Whole Foods such as:
- A full-service seafood counter featuring fresh and frozen seafood, all either sustainable wild-caught or responsibly farmed.
- A prepared-foods section with hot and cold food offerings, plus take-home fresh-packed pasta, ready-to-heat meals and gourmet salads made by Whole Foods Market chefs.
- A full-service butcher to cut steaks to order, debone poultry and season or marinate meats upon request. The department features made-in-house sausages, gourmet burgers, dry-aged beef and Florida-raised beef.
- A wide choice of cheeses overseen by an in-store American Cheese Society certified cheese professional, who can make recommendations for any occasion and create custom boards.
Throughout the store, local creators take center stage as well. Grocery products from local creators like Tampa’s Buddy Brew Coffee; St. Petersburg’s Mother Kombucha from St. Petersburg probiotic beverage maker, Sunny Culture, and protein-rich snack bars from Miami-based FroPro are all included on the store’s shelves. Meanwhile, a specialty foods section showcases local treats like toffee from Pinellas Park’s Toffee to Go and chocolate from 5150 Chocolate. A bakery department also offers custom cakes and special diet options, with some items such as tres leches cake coming from Momma’s Baked Goods and cookies sourced from Cosa Duci Italian Bakery.
In the fruits and veggies section, an array of organic, conventional and “Sourced for Good” produce is available, including local options like fresh salsa from Tampa-based Sunset Salsa and sprouts from Miami-based Fullei Fresh. Local sources are also the highlight of an extensive beer selection of nearly 200 different brews, including options from St. Petersburg and Tampa local breweries like Green Bench Brewing Company and Tampa Bay Brewing Company.
Finally, the store includes a wellness and beauty section featuring body care, supplements and products for the home. Products from local suppliers include bulk soap from North Port’s Lolablue Living, Miami’s RSP Nutrition immunity & hydration shots, coconut oil from Tampa’s Conscious Coconut.
To support the local community and celebrate the store’s grand opening, Whole Foods Market will donate $5,000 to the Tampa Bay Network to End Hunger.
Whole Foods isn’t the only retailer taking note of consumers’ desires for locally sourced products. In Louisville, Kentucky, Kristopher Kelley operates Full Stop Station, a convenience store which sources a large number of products locally and via sustainable means. Read more about it in “Local and Sustainable” in NACS Magazine.