Inside Look: The New Arlington Whole Foods

What are your initial impressions? Let us know by posting a comment below.

An art wall near the bathrooms by Arlington Center for the Arts campers. Photo credit: John Waller
An art wall near the bathrooms by Arlington Center for the Arts campers. Photo credit: John Waller

The shelves are being stocked – the new Arlington Whole Foods is almost ready for customers.

The grocery store at 808 Mass. Ave., the former home of Johnnie’s Foodmaster, is set to open Wednesday, Sept. 18. The store will have a “bread-breaking ceremony” (yes, actual bread will be broken) at 9:45 a.m., followed by the opening at 10 a.m.

The store’s normal hours will be 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. every day.

Look at the photos above and then let us know what your initial impressions are by posting a comment below.

Mel Robertson September 16, 2013 at 06:06 PM
Looks great! And BIG. Can't wait to stop in.
Nana8 September 17, 2013 at 06:30 AM
Looks fantastic. Just waiting to get shopping there. Love Whole Foods.
KMH September 17, 2013 at 07:25 AM
It's right across the street from my gym, GISFW, so Opening day has been on my schedule lol! Yay!
Joan Foley September 17, 2013 at 07:55 AM
jff Never been to wholefoods store. Will be interesting. Looks like it might be a warehouse type. Maybe like a small bjs
Big Jim September 17, 2013 at 08:26 AM
I'm hoping that now that there is a second grocery in town, the competition will make Stop & Shop better. It sure needs something.
inthegloaming September 17, 2013 at 10:33 AM
So looking forward to making my own convenient meals from their fresh daily soup/hot foods/salad buffet choices. Better than restaurant take out, and cheaper. Thrilled they're here, and close by.
SLL September 17, 2013 at 12:38 PM
Looks great! Looking forward to having this in town.
Mark Kaepplein September 17, 2013 at 03:34 PM
I hope they have organic toilet paper. Only the best for me.
inthegloaming September 17, 2013 at 03:52 PM
Better yet, Mark, get yourself an organic toilet, save on all that expensive, luxury paper.
Mark Kaepplein September 17, 2013 at 04:24 PM
Something like an outhouse with solar panels, something like the solar powered trash can on Broadway Plaza?
inthegloaming September 17, 2013 at 04:52 PM
Stay classy, Mark, we're all looking to you for a shining, guiding example. :-)
Wind Dummy 25 September 17, 2013 at 05:32 PM
Can't wait to avoid that area. What are their hours? "Shop where they ain't " Sun Tzu
Mary T September 17, 2013 at 07:58 PM
I was in Snarlington today. I still have my family's prescriptions filled in Stop and Shop since I moved. Not for long though. What a snarled up traffic mess! WH is the biggest waste of time and money ever. Another reason I am glad I moved out of that boondoggle of a town! My reasons for going to Snarlington narrowing!!
Lynne September 17, 2013 at 09:09 PM
Why keep your prescriptions in a town you despise. Don't you know that once they're in system, you can pick them up at Stop and Shop? Seems like moving was a win-win.
Mark Kaepplein September 17, 2013 at 11:27 PM
I did a drive by of WF tonight. I did not see a single bike rack! How is that possible? People will drive instead and traffic could be a real problem. Put in a few bike racks, no car traffic.
Wind Dummy 25 September 18, 2013 at 12:10 AM
Good recon Mark no plugins either...Odd Mark you can't stuff all those bahhgins in a bike basket. Anyway if you haven't noticed at the other WTH stores, you have to be one of the 1%ers with a Subaru hatch back to get in anyway.
Mark Kaepplein September 18, 2013 at 02:35 AM
Hey Wind, they have a breaking bread ceremony. Perhaps they can break you instead? Oh, and the vehicles are trending towards hybrids. Check out the video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2UFc1pr2yUU
winifredtigerlily September 18, 2013 at 08:04 AM
The new WF in Somerville has plenty of bike racks (Johnny's had only one) and other WFs I've biked to have abundant bike parking, so I am sure it was not an oversight; either they're not right out front or haven't been put in yet.
Dave September 18, 2013 at 12:23 PM
Can't believe how big t is. Now I won't have to shlep all the way to Woburn! Yea
Wind Dummy 25 September 18, 2013 at 07:14 PM
I hope its gluten free Mark. Don't want you getting the itches & twitches. I have no problem with hybrids. They do put a strain on the grid and environment. If you dispose of the batteries correctly there fine with me. Plenty of gas for meat eaters business. It's just the drivers are always in the way, but the technology makes sense. The corporations should make a ton of cake on this future technology.
Elif Armbruster September 20, 2013 at 03:04 PM
The produce section should be bigger and more substantial. It doesn't feel like a market that sells "whole foods" any more, but more like a "packaged goods" store. Disappointing. And why there are no bike racks is beyond me. I think they've grown too fast and lost sight of their original mission. Happens to everyone!
inthegloaming September 20, 2013 at 03:18 PM
The produce section was plenty big enough for anybody's veggie needs. (Besides, we're lucky enoug to have Wilson's Farm 5 mins drive up the road.) I was struck by how much MEAT was on display. Hope it gets bought up before it all spoils! Bike racks a good idea, keep suggesting, they'll likely put them in. I left a suggestion note for giving the option of smaller push carts, like StopShop has. The big ones are too unwieldy to navigate through the throngs; the handheld plastic ones not big enough, and too heavy. Oh, and parents, WHY do you let your toddlers think a crowded store is a playground? No wonder they grow up to be self-involved brats. No love.
Wind Dummy 25 September 20, 2013 at 03:33 PM
Bet you all 8 bucks their insurance is a little bit indifferent about 2 wheelers cars trucks in a shoe box. Wife brought back some chops (packaged) "err" not overwhelmed, except by the prices. This makes it pretty much verboten especially with all other choices in the zip code.
winifredtigerlily September 22, 2013 at 08:07 AM
Stop and Shop is really not much cheaper. However I have had issues with buying produce when it's on sale at WF ... most of the time it's stuff that is about to go off (mushy grapes, mealy peaches).
Dave September 23, 2013 at 02:52 PM
PS Bike rack is at the front of the psrking lot when you pull your car in, on the right. Produce noot quite as big as Woburn store but plenty available. I refuse to buy the garbage produce S&S sells. For great meats I would suggest Meat House across from the bus depot at the west end of the heights. They will custom cut any chop or stake to your liking.Remember you get what you pay for. Chicken also remarkably better than any chicken I've bought at S&S. I get 2" thick pork chops there all the time and never had a bad one. Fresh and Juicy....hmmm now I'm hungry!


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