$7.99 Whole Foods – Chevy Chase, MD

Monday, May 17th, 2010 by adam

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Earlier this evening, Val and I got a sneak peek of the new Whole Foods in Chevy Chase, MD with a group of fellow DC bloggers.  The store officially opens at 10am tomorrow morning (check out their Twitter feed for more events), Tuesday May 18, 2010, with a the apparently Whole Foods tradition of breaking bread.  This new Whole Foods is located in the lower level of the Wisconsin Place development in the heat of Chevy Chase and on the same block as the Friendship Heights Metro stop on the Red Line.  As someone who works in Chevy Chase less then once block from this new Whole Foods, I’ve been waiting for years!  And let me tell you, I certainly won’t be disappointed…

Whole Foods - Chevy Chase, MD

Before I digress into details and nuances, I should mention the Fill ‘Em Up For Only $7.99 deal.  Augmenting the normal pay by the pound approach, this Whole Foods is the first to offer a all you can fit into carryout container for $7.99.  The container is normally sized with a main and two side compartments, and oh yes, its made from recycled materials.  As someone who frequents Chevy Chase eateries, $7.99 is a fairly competitive price, especially considering it could be 2+ meals.  And the prepared foods section is huge, larger then I’ve ever seen in a Whole Foods (at least Bethesda and Silver Spring).

Whole Foods - Chevy Chase, MD

Located at the entrance to the store, the coffee bar, open at 6:00am, also offers prepacked meals, geltato, and popsicles.

Whole Foods - Chevy Chase, MD

The produce section is well stocked with lovely fruits.

Whole Foods - Chevy Chase, MD

The cheese section has a variety of local cheeses.

Whole Foods - Chevy Chase, MD

Quail eggs!

Whole Foods - Chevy Chase, MD

The Pasta to Order station provides a varies of fresh made pastas cooked and sauced to order.
The Severino family has been making pasta for decades, and are  bringing this concept of fresh cut pasta from Italy to the US.  Stop by, see Pete, and try the multigrain cheese ravioli and orecchiette.

Whole Foods - Chevy Chase, MD

Wide isles.  Yea!

Whole Foods - Chevy Chase, MD

Competing with the local cupcake bakeries in the DC area, Whole Foods offers theirs for only $1.99.  I’ll be returning for a taste test.

Whole Foods - Chevy Chase, MD

Even candy…the jellybeans were delicious

Whole Foods - Chevy Chase, MD

Other not to be overlooked highlights:

  • Underground parking with 1 hour validation, complete with shopping cart escalator.
  • Lots of cheese, both local and domestic.  Local vendors will be there during the next couple weeks, and their packaging states the distance from the store to the farm.
  • 45,000 sq feet of retail space.  That’s huge!  It almost feels like a Wegmans
  • A bulk salt department, with special seasons, such as smoked, truffled, and merlot
  • Lots of produce!
  • 42 different products at the olive and antipasti bar
  • Sustainably certified seafood.
  • Dynamic checkout lanes change based on volume and flow.

See the full set of photos on Flickr.

Thanks to the staff at Whole Foods for the sneak peak!  I’ll be back.  Tomorrow :)

-Adam and Val

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