16 May East Lansing Now Has a Whole Foods Store!
The Whole Foods which has been under construction for well over a year with numerous setbacks is finally open! The store is located at 2750 E. Grand River inside a building with over 40,000 square feet. The location is a good one considering it is very close to other health conscious stores including Foods For Living and the East Lansing Food Co-op. This area of town now offers residents all sorts of healthy grocery options and everyone seems to be genuinely excited about this new possibility. This is the 421st Whole Foods to open in the United States and the first to make its way to Mid-Michigan.
While the store is not nearly big as other larger local chains including Meijer, Kroger, and Tom’s Market, they have a wide offering of products that you simply can’t find in any other stores in the Greater Lansing Area. It has also produced roughly 150 jobs for local residents and should be a great place for MSU students to look for employment if they are healthy-conscious. Here are some of the highlights of the new Whole Foods:
- Includes a well stocked selection of Michigan craft beer and Michigan Wine
- A well stocked cheese counter with every type you could possibly imagine
- A hot food bard that gives you quick easy meals that you don’t have to cook yourself
- A “Gelato Station” where you can find over 10 flavors that are made entirely in-house
- A small cafe called “Kitchen Express” where you can order ready to eat hot or cold sandwiches
- An impressive fresh meat and seafood counter
- A large bakery department with a wide selection of daily made products
- A coffee with a large selection of both coffee and espresso
- A “Green State Bar and Grill” that includes over 15 taps of both local and hard to find craft beers.
Whole Foods also decided to run a promotion for the first week of it’s opening by working closely with local organizations. They donated 1% of daily sales to go to various non-profit organizations including The Junior League of Lansing, The Clean Water Act of Michigan, Women Working Wonders, and a few others. This is a very thoughtful thing to do and will no doubt help some of the local economy and positively impact charitable organizations.
They also ran another promotion to spur some extra business on their opening day. Given the massive turnout and the full parking lot on opening day, it is clear that they are going to be very popular with local residents looking for more healthy alternatives. The first 500 shoppers received a gift card up to $50 and one lucky customer received a $500 gift card. That lucky customer probably was eating well that week!
We would like to thank Whole Foods for the charitable contributions to local organizations and wish them the best! If you haven’t already, head over to East Lansing and give it a try. We have a feeling that you will like what you see and make it a frequent stop for your healthy food needs!