Monday, 10 January 2011 14:22
Whole Foods Market (Nasdaq: WFMI), the world's leading natural and organic foods supermarket has announced that two new locations will be opening in Ontario - one in Mississauga in the Square One shopping complex; the other in Toronto's North York area.
"We couldn't be more pleased to have Whole Foods Market join the Square One family. Whole Foods Market embodies everything we stand for at Square One: a devotion to community, a provider of delicious, high-quality foods and a topnotch employer."
Nance MacDonald General Manager Square One Shopping Centre.
"At Whole Foods Market, we want to share our enthusiasm for the freshest, most flavorful natural and organic foods available, and we are thrilled to grow our business in Ontario," comments Michael Bashaw, Midwest Regional President. "I opened Whole Foods Market's first Canadian store in 2002. Ever since then, I've been convinced that Ontario is a great location for more Whole Foods Market stores. We definitely plan for further growth in the area," says Bashaw.
The stores will reflect the company's mission of supporting sustainable agriculture and the environment by featuring natural, organic foods, which are free of artificial ingredients and hydrogenated fats. With a focus on fresh, organic fruits and vegetables, specialty items, high-quality meats and poultry, everyday pantry staples and sustainable seafood, the store will appeal to a variety of customers ranging from the health conscious to serious gourmands.
The store will be located at Rathburn Road and Square One Drive. It will be located at the northeast corner of the Square One shopping complex in Mississauga as a standalone store. Square One is a popular shopping area known for its fashion events, contests, community celebrations and holiday spectacles. The city of Mississauga has been recognized as the safest city in Canada for the past eight years, offering family-oriented sports, leisure and arts facilities with 11 community centres and a vibrant downtown city centre.
Whole Foods Market, which estimates it will add approximately 250 additional jobs in the areas, has been named by Fortune magazine as one of the "100 Best Companies to Work For" in the U.S. for 13 consecutive years - every year since the List's inception.
"Whole Foods Market celebrates a unique and diverse workforce. We're proud that our Team Members are truly passionate about sharing the joys of great-tasting food and natural lifestyle choices with others," Bashaw says.
Whole Foods Market has a history of establishing a deep commitment to each of the communities it serves. "These stores will allow us to deepen our commitment to the community. We look forward to building relationships with our neighbourhood partners," Bashaw comments.