Bread, bacon and bocce: take a look inside the new Whole Foods in Amherst

Posted at 6:41 PM, Sep 13, 2017

Whole Foods Market is opening its newest store on Sheridan Drive in Amherst Friday, September 15 and 7 Eyewitness News got a sneak peek of the newly transformed building in the Northtown Plaza.

The national chain calls itself "America's healthiest grocery store" and no products sold at the store will contain chemicals, additives or preservatives. There are also easy-to-read signs around the store detailing the food quality standards for each department.

"Whole Foods is known for its quality foods, our core values, as well as our strict quality standards," explained Mark Wilkins, the Whole Foods Buffalo store team leader.

"You can trust that we've done a lot of the hard work for you," Ted Kwong, a Whole Foods spokesperson, explained. "There's a lot of science and research that goes into these ingredients that are essentially unpronouncable that are found in a lot of other grocery goods."

The new store has a number of unique attractions. Bar 1818, named for the year the Town of Amherst was established, will rotate 12 local beers on tap and serve Ru's pierogis and grass-fed burgers.

Like many other grocery stores, Whole Foods will include a hot and cold bar, pizzeria and cafe area.

Near the cafe, and next to the cash registers, sits the indoor bocce court.

The meat department will feature several in-house specialties including sausages, dinner meal kits and seasoned bacon. The bacon flavor will adjust with the season and includes options like Sriracha and cocoa.