Today I got a private tour of the new store, which opens next Wednesday, January 30th, and I can confirm that it has some pretty sweet features.
The store is very bright and airy with a lot more spacious aisles than similar Whole Foods stores in the area. I particularly liked the decor which featured lots of reclaimed and recycled materials, a specific nod to Katy's rice farming heritage, and a chevron theme throughout.
|One of the biggest bulk food sections around.|
|Loving the chevrons everywhere.|
|Loads of express checkouts near the coffee bar and prepared foods area.|
|Coffee and juice bar will be open at 7am before the rest of the store.|
|They will custom make juices and smoothies any way you want.|
|Suuuuuuper fancy custom espresso machine. Even had chevrons put on it.|
My favorite thing about the new Whole Foods store has got to be the bar inside the store. You may not know that my husband is a major homebrewer and he has turned us both into craft beer snobs. The new store will have lots of local beer on tap and you can even get growlers filled. They will supposedly brew in the store too. You can ALSO get wine on draught, something no other store in Houston has. They even encourage you to grab a glass of wine and walk around the store with it while you shop.
|Awesome chevron sign made of bottle caps.|
|Plenty of bombers available.|
|A heavy emphasis on local beers.|
|Beautiful chevron bar.|
|Beer team lead educating employees about growlers.|
|Shiny new taps.|
|They were installing taps while I was there. Two from Karbach so far.|
|More beer education.|
|Nice jacket. This dude is supposedly the Houston area beer super-expert.|
|Lovely cheese shop.|
|Unique to the Katy store, fresh made daily juice popcicles.|
|Bakery featuring local company Slow Dough Bread Co.|
|Daily fresh made pizza on focaccia bread. Pizza Thursday specials.|
|Lots of prepared foods.|
|Looks for the Health Starts Here label for sugar-free, oil free foods.|
|I'm excited about sandwiches made to order.|
|Lots of indoor and outdoor seating.|
|Runners loves coconut water.|
|Organic cotton clothes too!|
The store opens Wednesday January 30th with a Bread Breaking at 7:30 am. 1% of all sales that day go to Katy ISD Education Foundation and the day will feature music and cheerleaders from Katy local schools throughout the day, along with Kids Club activities from 9am to 1pm. The next four days will also feature 1% of sales given to local charities including Katy Prairie Conservancy, Katy Christian Ministries, ARTreach and the Katy Family YMCA.
Just FYI, this post is not sponsored in any way but I received a tour and a few product samples.