New Whole Foods store announces opening date, preview tours

Whole Foods Market announced yesterday it will open its second Asheville location on Tuesday, Aug. 26. The store, at 4 S. Tunnel Road in the new Asheville Market shopping center, encompasses 35,000 square feet of space including an upper-level beer garden with 12 taps of local beer and kombucha, according to a press release from the company.

East-siders and I-240 commuters who can’t wait for the opening date, can get a sneak peek at the operation during 45-minute preview tours that will be offered 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Aug. 22 and 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Aug. 23. Online registration is required to secure a spot. A suggested donation of $5 to benefit local nonprofit organization Muddy Sneakers will be accepted at the door. Complimentary food samples will be available on the tours.

Once open, store hours will be 8 a.m.-10 p.m. daily. Details about events, community giving programs and more will be available on the store’s website. For updates and photos, visit its Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages.

Whole Foods’ other Asheville location is Greenlife Grocery, 70 Merrimon Ave.

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