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Whole Foods Market opening first Fort Worth store Oct. 12

Fort Worth Star Telegram
Written by: Sandra Baker

FORT WORTH – Whole Foods Market said Friday it will open its first Fort Worth store in the Waterside development in west Fort Worth on Oct. 12, two years after construction began.

Dennis Berryman, the store’s team leader, said in a statement the store will provide shoppers an “experience unlike anywhere else.” Whole Foods is a leading natural and organic food retailer.

“We look forward to bringing the high quality standards and pleasurable shopping experience our customers expect to the thriving Fort Worth community,” Berryman said.

The 45,000-square-foot store is at 3720 Vision Drive in Waterside, a development of Fort Worth-based Trademark Property Co. It is Whole Foods’ 13th store in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. It will employ 120 workers, the company said.

The company is taking applications for cashiers, prepared food cooks, fishmongers, butchers and other positions. Individuals can learn more and submit their applications at wholefoodsmarket.com/careers.

“Our location in the Waterside development couldn’t be better,” said Steffany Steichen, Whole Foods community liaison. “We’ve really enjoyed exploring our new neighborhood and knowing our shoppers will have great access to outdoor recreational spots like Trinity Trail and The Grove. We’re also grateful for the warm welcome we’ve already received from so many local partners and businesses.”

Austin-based Whole Foods Market (ticker NASDAQ:WFM) was founded in 1978. The company had sales of more than $15.4 billion in fiscal 2015, and currently has more than 435 stores in the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom, the company said.

Waterside is being developed by Trademark and Sarofim Realty Advisors in Dallas. It is on 63 acres along the Trinity River at Bryant Irvin Road and Arborlawn Drive, formerly a part of the Lockheed Martin Recreation Center.

The development will include many other shops and restaurants and a 375-unit multifamily community.

In 2014, the City Council approved $18.5 million in incentives to help with road work for the planned $185 million project.

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