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Whole Foods Market Announces Grand Opening of Coral Gables Store.

Whole Foods Market announced that Wednesday, September 26, 2007, will be the date of the grand opening of its new Whole Foods Market Coral Gables store in South Florida. The 47,700-square-foot store, located on Red Road between Venera and San Remo Avenues, will generate 250 new jobs.

The festivities will begin at 8 a.m. in front of the store with complimentary breakfast for customers, followed at 9:00 a.m. by a traditional Whole Foods Market "bread breaking ceremony" -- a foodie twist on the traditional ribbon cutting event.

The store's natural exterior environment features traditional old-style lighting, wide perimeter walkways, a handcrafted water fountain, and a 138-seat indoor-outdoor caf? with shaded benches and tables produced from reclaimed wood.

Besides a 3,000-square-foot produce section with over 500 items, the new store includes a charcuterie (an Old World delicatessen featuring hand-sliced turkey breasts in a variety of flavors, hams, salamis, prosciutto, mortadella and cheeses); a self-service rotisserie with whole chickens in a variety of flavors, as well as other rotisserie meats; a brick oven pizza hearth featuring made-to-order Italian specialties such as hand-tossed pizzas, calzones and strombolis; and, unique to its location, Latin-inspired offerings, including Cuban coffees, select meat cuts, and grilled Cuban sandwiches. And -- from their in-store bakery -- authentic Cuban breads, pastries, empanadas, rice puddings, tres leches cakes, and dulce de leche cakes.

"The Coral Gables store will offer shoppers the ultimate Whole Foods Market experience, with an incredible variety of fresh foods and an exciting and innovative atmosphere in a natural environment," said Steve Ramos, store team leader. "Friends and business colleagues can meet for a casual breakfast or lunch. Parents can bring their children for healthful snacks. The beautiful indoor and outdoor caf?s are the perfect settings to enjoy our innovative and exciting natural, local and organic foods."

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Date:Sep 14, 2007
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