Whole Foods opened today on Sepulvedea and Rosecrans. I met one of the managers who said the store is 65,000 square feet (the website says 50,000), and he thinks it will be THE highest grossing store in the region.
There's plenty of parking outside, no need to make sharp turns in a sub-terrainean parking structure here. The store is flanked by a Chick's Sporting Goods and some home store. The store front isn't that eye catching, but once you enter, it is indeed breathtaking.
The produce section is large and roomy, and in the corner is a "Fresh Produce Grilling Station". There is also a meat and seafood grilling station, with a sign saying they will grill or cook anything you want. There are shelves and shelves of wine. And, 3 large cases of fine cheeses.
The salad bar has 9-10 stations, including a dessert station.
There is dine-in seating for the Asian station or the Mexican station. There is a pizza oven, sandwich bar, coffee bar, tea bar, truffle case, fresh gelato station, fresh tortillas. But, the MOST impressive thing for me is the bakery. There are all kinds of italian tortas, tomato breads, so over-whelming. All their desserts in the bakery are made in store, and are decorated beautifully.
I spent 30 minutes walking around, before even thinking about buying something. This area is very lucky to have this store. I can't think of anything negative to say about the store at all. Maybe the service isn't as good as the older location, and the employees aren't as nice as in the other stores, but that's understandable with all the hoopla of opening day.
I took a slew of photos, before someone stopped me (it was only a matter of time). I've posted one of them.