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More than 400 customers line up as Whole Foods opens in Amherst

Whole Foods opened its doors in Amherst this morning to a line of customers eager to check out the grocer's first store in Buffalo Niagara.

About 400 people extended across the front of the store shortly before it opened as customers waited to be the first inside. The grocery store, which features a bocce court and a pool table, as well as a lineup of organic products, opened at 8 a.m. at 3097 Sheridan Drive in Amherst.

The store offered $2 pots of sunflowers and other deals to mark the opening. The first 1,800 customers got free totes.

Some who waited took pictures for friends who weren't there. Nicole Porto, of Amherst, bought gift cards for family members and friends who she said might be turned off by the store's "reputation for being expensive."

Photo Gallery: Whole Foods opens in Amherst

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Whole Foods, which was recently bought by ecommerce giant Amazon, has lowered prices on some items, a move spokesman Ted Kwong described as "just the tiniest first step."

The store in Amherst touted signs labeling products as having a "new, lower price."

The opening of Whole Foods' first store in the region has been closely watched by area retailers as it enters a regional grocery lineup that for years has been dominated by Wegmans and Tops. In Amherst, it will compete with nine stores that sell groceries in a 1.5-mile radius.

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