Whole Foods ready for its closeup; opens July 17 in Huntington Station


The grand opening of Long Island’s seventh Whole Foods Market is upon us.

Next week, July 17, at 8 a.m., the doors swing open at the new specialty supermarket at 350 Walt Whitman Road in Huntington Station.

The 44,000-square-foot store, which has been in development since 2021, anchors the newly renovated Huntington Shopper Center, currently undergoing a $40 million upgrade.

Whole Foods representatives have highlighted that the new store will showcase 2,000 locally sourced items from the Northeastern region, curated by John Lawson, a forager for Local & Emerging Brands at Whole Foods Market.

And here’s a sneak peek:

At the opening, the first 300 customers in line will receive an exclusive Huntington Station tote bag and a Secret Saver coupon, featuring discounts of up to $100. They’ll also get handed coffee from Sail Away Coffee Co., muffins from Abe’s and a sunflower photo station from Tucker Farms.

The Austin, Texas-based grocery chain also plans to support the local community through partnerships with local suppliers and nonprofits, including Helping Hands Rescue Mission, Long Island Cares, and Island Harvest.

Additionally, Whole Foods will make a donation to We All We Got, Inc. during the grand opening.

Other Whole Foods locations on Long Island include Manhasset, Garden City, Jericho, Massapequa Park, Commack, and Lake Grove. Another location is also underway in Holbrook at the former SunVet Mall site off Sunrise Highway, currently being redeveloped by Regency Centers. Read about that location below.

Vintage photo credit: WholeFoods on Facebook

According to the company, features of the Huntington Station store include:

Curated grocery section filled with exclusive brand favorites and local products, including new to Whole Foods Market suppliers L’Isolina PastaThe White MoustacheDon Carvajal Café and La Rossi Pizza, which will be exclusive to the Huntington Station location. Existing local favorites will include Vista Hermosa TortillasFamily Farmstead Dairy, Heidelberg Bread, Oliver’s Organic Eggs and Adirondack Ice Cream.

An array of certified organic, conventional and Sourced for Good produce, plus offerings from more than 11 local farms and suppliers, including local sunflowers and floral bunches from Tucker Farms and Cranbury Fields, Rubi tomatoes from Oishii, and packaged salads from Satur Farms.

Specialty department dedicated to celebrating cheesemakers and artisan producers, including 20 local suppliers. Local items include fresh mozzarella from Lioni Laticini, sauces from Gotham Greens, and ricotta from Calabro Cheese. The cheese counter will be overseen by trained cheesemongers and a Certified Cheese Professional who can offer recommendations for any occasion and create custom boards.

Full-service seafood counter featuring locally and globally sourced seafood and a large selection of Ready to Cook and Ready to Eat Seafood. Local options include oysters from West Robins Oyster Company, smoked salmon from Catsmo Artisan Smokehouse, and seafood cakes from Lagniappe Foods. All offerings are either sustainable wild-caught or Responsibly Farmed.

Full-service meat counter, with butchers available to cut steaks and poultry to order. Local options include pork from Briar Woods Farms, smoked cooked cured chicken sausages from Bilinski’s, and cured salami items from Brooklyn Cured.

Extensive selection of more than 300 craft beers, including 40 local suppliers. Local options include Money IPA from Barrier Brewing, Sun Up IPA from TALEA Beer Co., and Rose Cider from Sand City Brewing.

A Prepared Foods department featuring a hot bar, salad bar and fresh pizza. Customers can also shop for made-to-order sandwiches and rotisserie chicken.

Bakery department offering bread baked fresh daily as well as everyday favorites, such as Whole Foods Market’s Berry Chantilly Cake and brown butter chocolate chip cookies. The department also carries a wide variety of special diet items. Local offerings include pastries from Balthazar, pita bread from Angel Bakeries, and muffins from Abe’s.

Wellness & Beauty section featuring more than 300 local products from 40 local suppliers. Local products include ginger shots from Annie’s Ginger Elixir and soap bars from RAD Soap Co.

Featured photo credit: WholeFoods on Facebook

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