Swamplot culled through the best of the many media previews of the Whole Foods Market Houston-area flagship on Post Oak Blvd. — so you don’t have to! Yes, the much-hyped supermarket is finally throwing open its doors to the public Thursday. (Free reusable shopping bag to the first 500 customers!) So here is a quick round-up of the wonders within the 8-years-in-the-making anchor development in BLVD Place:
A 26-photo slideshow graces Prime Property; it ranges from shots of the store’s brewmaster at work in the first-in-the-galaxy in-supermarket brewery to a view from the Jetsonesque second-floor dining area:
Houstonia‘s Katharine Shilcutt snapped even more photos, taking special note of the store’s Great Wall of kombucha and its beer-tricycle, from which pedaling Whole Foods employees will peddle brews to thirsty shoppers from the produce section to the cheese counters and beyond.
Culturemap’s Eric Sandler gushes over the store’s wood-fired-oven pizza, cold-pressed juice bar, souvlaki and taco stations, and plenitude of local and organic products. The store also offers something of a high-tech shopping experience, with a red-light, green-light parking system in the underground garage and twin escalators — one for people, and one for carts.
And yes, did you hear? There will be an in-store brewery!
Is all the coverage overkill? Houston is no stranger to luxury supermarkets, but this one has been in the works since George W. Bush was president and people were still talking about the movie Crash.
- BLVD Place coverage [Swamplot]
Photos: Paula Murphy, via Twitter