Last Thursday was opening day for Whole Foods in Glen Mills, where there has been no shortage of affluence or supermarkets, but where shoppers nonetheless gushed over the arrival of a high-end chain coveted for its cachet and culinary choice.
The store, a 38,000-square-foot anchor on Route 202 south of Route 1, was built from scratch where an old Genuardi’s supermarket once stood. It is the ninth Whole Foods to open in the eight-county Philadelphia region over the last two decades, the first since a 65,000-square-foot store opened at Plymouth Meeting Mall in January 2010.
This opening is among 24 to 27 planned this year by the Austin, Texas, retailer, which rang up more than $10 billion in annual sales in 2011 as it expanded globally by offering pricey foods, billed as fresher and healthier, in communities full of recession-proof households. Almost everywhere they land, Whole Foods markets are greeted with the kind of enthusiasm that poured this week into its stuffed Glen Mills aisles.
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