Thursday, January 21, 2016

Whole Foods Market in Altamonte Springs, FL

A brand new Whole Foods Market just opened in Altamonte Springs on January 20, 2016. The store is located in Renaissance Centre, near the Altamonte Mall. The new store is 40,000 square feet of shopping space and is the third Whole Foods Market in the Orlando area. I was invited to tour the store a couple days before the grand opening. The following pictures are some highlights from this tour:
The Produce Department is one of the first sights encountered upon entering the store. This particular Whole Foods location features tropical and international produce program which will have a ever-changing rotation of fruits and vegetable found in Latin, Asian, and Indian cuisine. Seeing the mountains of perfectly stacked fruits and vegetables untouched by customer hands were very satisfying.
Whole Foods also has a Juice Bar near the entrance of the store. I sampled a Green Dream Smoothie, made with pineapple, kale, spinach, and apple juice.
Natalie's Orchid Island Juice Company was also at Whole Foods giving out very generous samples of their juices. I was able to try a bottle of the orange, grapefruit, orange-beet, lemonade, strawberry lemonade, and tomato juice.
The Fromagerie is where you find the cheese. I sampled the Robusto 9 month aged Gouda and Piedras de Chocolate almonds covered in dark chocolate. Whole Foods also has a very nice olive bar in this section.
Visiting the Butcher section of the store, I sampled a Amsterdam Gouda Sausage.
Moving through the store, the Fishmonger came next. I tried some shrimp and salmon.
Wok Street was where you can order various Asian foods including noodles, rices, curries, and sushi.
This Whole Foods features an gourmet toast bar where you can order all sorts of fancy toasts. Here's a Stammer Max and Avocado Cuke Pepita.
Whole Foods had a very nice cookie case, filled with all sorts of deliciousness.
Whole Foods is now open. Go shop for some food at the fancy new store. They will be open 8 AM to 10 PM daily.

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