HOME > Chowhound > U.K./Ireland >
What have you made lately? Get great advice

Wholefoods Supermarket in Ken High St

loobcom Jan 22, 2007 08:26 AM

From what I understand Wholefoods will shortly be opening in Ken High Streett the first of their stores outside of US/Canada. It sounds as if it will be pretty massive at 80,000 sq ft of retail space.

I am wondering whether their concept will translate to the British market.

In any case it should be quite exciting.

  1. howler Jan 22, 2007 01:09 PM

    yep, its in the barkers building. they know i live around the corner.

    1. zuriga1 Jan 22, 2007 01:39 PM

      I'm in Seattle right now and there are a lot of Whole Food markets. In fact, I was in one yesterday with my daughter-in-law. It was very reminiscent of the store near where I lived in NY. If someone is very keen to eat lots of organic products, this is certainly the place to find them. What impressed me most was the huge, gorgeous display of chicken, meat and fish - all beautiful and very high quality. The prices are high, even for Seattle so I'd expect a lot of the products in London to be 'through the roof' as for cost. Will most of the products be organic, local, UK? I would suspect so, but boxed things can always be flown over from the States.

      1. q
        qnseats Jan 22, 2007 02:09 PM

        Whole Foods owns Fresh n Wild stores and was wondering how the two stores will be different other than size.

        1. f
          fifi Jan 27, 2007 07:57 AM

          Does anyone know the date of when its opening? I miss Whole Foods so much!
          I somehow think the prices are going to be pretty expensive compared to the US ones.
          The difference with the Fresh n Wild shops will be that there will be big deli sections, with lots of food made on site - also a great salad bar too. Also if its anything like the US stores it'll have extensive wine, cheese and bread sections and generally lots more choice.

          1. kristainlondon Jan 28, 2007 04:09 AM

            I e-mailed PR at Whole Foods about two weeks ago to find out when the official launch date is and they say "late spring." CANNOT WAIT for the salad bar!

            1. frogprince Feb 1, 2007 11:52 AM

              I lived in Austin for a while and last time I was there, Whole Foods had just opened their brand new flagship store...it was incredible! If the London store is going to be like the Austin store...all I can say is forget about Harrods, Selfridges, M&S, the only place worth going will be Whole Foods. Though it'll probably set new standards in prices as well as quality!

              3 Replies
              1. re: frogprince
                zuriga1 Feb 1, 2007 11:56 AM

                Maybe competition here in the UK will be a welcome and good thing for us consumers. Somehow I doubt prices will go down, but it's a nice dream. I was in L.A. last week and there was a shop even better than Whole Foods. I've never seen such beautiful meat and fish (plus everything else) and high prices. This certainly seems to be the trend of the future. I can't remember the exact name, but it was something Farms and was in Long Beach.

                1. re: frogprince
                  Barbara Ladden Feb 10, 2007 11:28 PM

                  It's Bristol Farms, a very upscale, very expensive grocery store chain. Great everything. Whole Foods is a healthy food store, everything organic and expensive. Meat is from Australia. We don't care for it. Super salad bar. You'll enjoy browsing and shopping there. Remember, it's very expensive. I'm writing from Los Angeles.

                  1. re: Barbara Ladden
                    zuriga1 Feb 11, 2007 04:44 AM

                    That's it... Bristol Farms. Thanks so much, Barbara. My brother lives near Seal Beach and we went to one somewhere in Long Beach, not far from the SD Freeway. The things were beautiful, and I think my sister-in-law shops there often. Compared to the UK, the Peet's Coffee wasn't too expensive but a lot of other things were. I guess it's all relative....

                2. k
                  kabocha Feb 1, 2007 08:49 PM

                  Although it is expensive, Whole foods often has the food I want. They've got the best lunch choices in my office neighborhood in SF. When we travel elsewhere in the US (east of the west coast) I search to see if a whole foods will be near where we are going. If one is, then we stock up on a bit of our favorite healthy stuff (and a bit of vanilla soy milk for my coffee). But whole foods in London? Wow... it won't just be whole pay check... it will be two whole paychecks! Hope it provides a bit more of a dependable market for some of the organic growers in the UK! Hey... do you suppose the Prince will shop there?

                  1. m
                    mighty_ one Feb 10, 2007 11:18 AM

                    I'm on their PR agency's mailing list. As soon as they alert me, I'll alert you all.

                    1. p
                      phillyukgirl Feb 20, 2007 02:30 AM

                      Hi Mighty One,

                      Can you let me know as well? Thanks!

                      Show Hidden Posts