Checkout lines at the new 365 by Whole Foods Market stretched about halfway to the back of the store during its opening yesterday as Independence Heights grocery pioneers crowded in to get a first look at the place — the chain’s tenth 365 store since the branding originated in 2015. None of the neighboring tenants are open yet in the adjacent strip center that stretches north along Yale St. But theÂ 30,000-sq.-ft. grocery store’s 2 in-house restaurants are.
Juice Society (signage pictured at top) specializes in liquids while Peli Peli Kitchen deals South African food from this counter-serve spot:
Signs quoting Amazon Prime members better prices crop up in the aisles:
And by the checkout:
While seasonal puns appeal to a broader customer base:
Outside, the photographer reports parking was jammed back into the fire zone near the fence that bounds the former industrial-park property — previously home to Neff Rental and Potterâ€™s House Christian Church.
(And not all the cars in the electric car spots were electric.)
But those who made it into the building at 101 N. Loop West found it fully stocked — with boxes full of boxes piled high:
And even a flower and succulent area to brighten up the wait for self-checkout:
- Houstonâ€™s first Whole Foods 365 to open Wednesday [Houston Chronicle]
- Previously on Swamplot: Now There’s Nothing Standing in the Way of a 365 by Whole Foods Market at Yale and 610; Work Begins at the Coming Garden Oaks 365 by Whole Foods in Independence Heights;Â Yale St. Industrial Park That Just Lost Its Religion Will Also Fall Victim to Garden Oaks Whole Foods Plans;Â Whole Foodsâ€™s 365 Garden Oaks Spot Now Emptied of Neff Rental Rentals
Photos: Marc Longoria via Swamplot Flickr Pool