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Whole Foods sets September opening date in Amherst

Whole Foods Market will offer much more than organic produce and health-oriented groceries when it opens its new store at Northtown Plaza at 9 a.m. Sept. 15, store officials announced Friday.

Expect a tap room called Bar 1818 to wet the whistles of thirsty shoppers with a selection of locally-based microbrews. Bar 1818 will also feature a locally-sourced menu with a hot and seasonal salad bar and sushi.

What's more, after time spent in Bar 1818, the satiated shopper may opt for a round of bocce to work off some calories. The Whole Foods bocce court will be located in the café area.

The 50,000-square-foot store at 3097 Sheridan Drive, at the intersection with Niagara Falls Boulevard, will be the national chain's 20th store in New York State.

Construction of the $15 million store began in July 2016, more than a year after WS Development purchased Northtown Plaza in the spring of 2015. Picone Construction Co. is the general contractor.

Whole Foods and WS Development expected a late summer completion of the market.  It is located on the site of the plaza's former anchor, the 100,000-square-foot Bon-Ton store that was demolished.

Whole Foods Market was founded in 1980 in Austin, Texas by four local businessmen who wanted to sell natural foods in a supermarket style. Today, there are 468 stores in North America and the United Kingdom, the company website stated.

Whole Foods will bring 165 jobs to the market. For more information. job candidates are asked to visit

Salaries at Whole Foods are not private. Anyone can look up what co-workers and executives are paid. Workers at Whole Foods have selected the business as one of FORTUNE magazine's "100 Best Companies to work For" every year since the list began in 1998.

All store employees receive at least a 20 percent store discount.


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