Shoppers in Ontario and British Columbia have had the US-based Whole Foods stores in their areas for more than a decade. The current ten stores will soon be joined by three additional locations, and two of them will be making their debut in Alberta—Edmonton and Calgary to be exact.
The expansion in Canada is just one of the things you should know about Whole Foods, which is known for its organic and fresh products. Before we take a look at the other five facts, here’s a bit more about the expansion.
According to a Motley Fool article in January 2015, the company’s co-Chief Executive Officer Walter Robb told The Wall Street Journal that the company plans to add an additional 30 or more stores in Canada. He explained that “Our efforts in Canada are part of the effort to grow. We think the opportunity for fresh, healthy foods is larger now than it’s ever been.”
Now a CBC Calgary report in February 2015 has noted that three new Whole Foods stores are in the works: both the Edmonton and Victoria stores will open in autumn 2016 while the Calgary location is expected to open its doors in summer 2017. Each store will need to fill about 150 job openings.
What else should you know about Whole Foods?
- It is lowering some of its prices. Whole Foods has a reputation for charging more for its organic products than its competitors. To keep a foothold in the marketplace, the company is reportedly bringing down prices on selected items.
- It is opening at least two pilot stores that are value oriented. These test markets will be smaller in size than the regular stores, carry fewer items than the larger stores but at lower prices, and have “fewer bells and whistles,” according to Denise Breyley, Whole Foods’ Northwest forager. Quality, however, will not suffer, as the value stores will still focus on organic and fresh foods. Will these smaller markets eventually make their way into Canada? Who knows.
- Whole Foods currently has 399 stores in the United States, 10 in Canada, and nine in the United Kingdom.
- Whole Foods’ top five selling products are (1) extra virgin olive oil; (2) organic whole milk; (3) organic wild blueberries; (4) organic unsalted butter; and (5) organic maple syrup. Are your favorites on this list?
- Whole Foods has been ranked as one of the best companies to work for by Fortune for 17 consecutive years.
Written by Deborah Mitchell. Deborah Mitchell is passionate about personal health and the well-being of animals and the planet. She has authored, coauthored, and ghostwritten more than 40 books, contributes regularly to several websites, and shares information on physical, emotional, and spiritual health on her blog, deborahmitchellbooks.com.
CBC News. Whole Foods opening stores in Calgary, Edmonton and Victoria. February 11, 2015. Retrieved May 26, 2015. http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/calgary/whole-foods-opening-stores-in-calgary-edmonton-and-victoria-1.2954302
KGW.com. Whole Foods to test its cheaper concept in the Northwest. May 15, 2015. Retrieved June 9, 2015. http://www.kgw.com/story/news/2015/05/15/whole-foods-to-test-cheaper-concept-in-northwest/27378911/
Motley Fool. Whole Foods Market expands in Canada. Is it a good idea? Retrieved June 9, 2015. http://www.fool.com/investing/general/2015/01/06/whole-foods-market-expands-in-canada-is-it-a-good.aspx
Whole Foods.com. Store locations. Retrieved May 25, 2015. http://www.wholefoodsmarket.com/stores/list/canada