HOME > Chowhound > General South Archive >
What's your latest food quest?

Whole Foods Inc. coming to Virginia Beach??!!

DebDuke Sep 28, 2006 02:13 AM

Hey Everyone:
I heard rumors that my beloved Whole Foods is considering opening a store in Virginia Beach! First I heard they were considering the Town Center area and then recently I heard they are considering property around Princess Anne and Dam Neck Road.

Does anyone have any more info? Is anyone as desperate as I am for a Whole Foods? I already emailed Whole Foods begging them to open in VB-any other suggestions?


I am desperate for a Whole Foods-is anyone else?

  1. Amber in Norfolk Nov 28, 2007 07:29 AM

    Meh, it would be okay but I have a feeling I wouldn't shop there much. I guess it depends why you want to see a Whole Foods here. If you're in search of novelty items or organic/free range meats/dairy then it would be cool. If you're just looking for simple, fresh ingredients, that's already available in the area. I do all my produce shopping at the farmers markets and Organic Food Depot on Granby St. and try to eat local as much as possible. I buy bulk whole grains and bulk spices at the Heritage Store. The Real Bread Shop in VB supplies fresh and awesome bread. The ethnic markets (Asian Market on Great Neck, Swaggat Indian Market in VB, etc) are great sources of hard to find stuff too. Whole Foods will surely have some options for vegan novelty items but I eat a whole-foods (the foods not the store) plant-based diet so some big superstore isn't going to really change what I buy.

    1. d
      dgn Nov 28, 2007 06:15 AM

      I used to wish for a WFM in the Virginia Beach area too, until I discovered two organic/natural food co-ops in our area that offer the most cost-effective prices I've found locally: Organic Food Depot (www.organicfooddepot.com) and Quail Cove Farms (www.quailcovefarms.com). OFD has a number of stores in the Hampton Roads area (the VB one is on Holland Rd.) and if you sign up as an online member (it's free) you can pre-order your items and save 15%. QCF is located up on the Eastern Shore, but they make deliveries throughout the region once a month. Their selection is great and service fantastic. The food, especially poultry, cheese and produce are amazing! While you're waiting for a Whole Foods Market to arrive, check these two places out. You can't beat their prices.

      1. i
        isobel78 Jan 31, 2007 12:15 PM

        I would love to see a Whole Foods in the area. I would prefer Norfolk, but I'd drive to Va Beach for it. :-)

        1. f
          flygirl5215 Dec 26, 2006 02:50 AM

          While you are waiting for Whole Foods try Trader Joe's in Newport News...it's worth the occasional trip. Lots of shopping nearby.

          1. n
            njtransplant Oct 2, 2006 12:21 AM

            I hope you're right. There is tremendous developement going on both at Town Center and the Dam Neck/PA area. The new Harris Teeter across from the Courthouse is wonderful...so far the best of the three. We can certainly use an outlet for some better quality products around the General Booth area. Food Lion and Farm Fresh just don't cut it. Although I've never been in a WFM, I've heard great things about it. As far as the general population supporting such a market, it probably would. The housing in this general area is higher-end and Dam Neck would be easy to get to from Croatan, Lago Mar, Heritage Park and all the newer developments along the Indian River Road corridor.

            1. geg5150 Sep 29, 2006 08:12 PM

              Hi y'all! I'm moving to Norfolk in January. I'm so very disappointed with the grocery shopping options in the area. I would LOVE, LOVE, LOVE a WFM.

              I actually work with WFM (I'm a vendor for them). I received some inside scoop that they are looking into the area, but it will be late 2008 at the earliest. Boo hoo!

              Maybe sooner if we wish hard!

              1. jjb75 Sep 28, 2006 03:11 AM

                i live in the area and although i find whole foods a little over priced and pretentious, i do think it would be good for the area. i was told that before whole foods opens a new store they do some pretty serious demographic surveying and an area has to meet a lot of criteria. each of their stores have to make something like a million dollars a day to be viable. do you think a store in va bch could do that?

                2 Replies
                1. re: jjb75
                  quazi Oct 1, 2006 07:36 PM

                  I don't work for WFM but a mill a day for each store? If that's true, which I doubt, they would really be in the money printing business

                  1. re: quazi
                    geg5150 Oct 1, 2006 11:29 PM

                    Yep, I won't give you numbers, but's it's no where near a mill a day!

                Show Hidden Posts